Independence Air To Launch Daily Nonstop Service Between San Jose/ Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.

Introductory Fares as Low as $84 to Washington and $115 to Connecting Cities

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ — Independence Air announced today it plans to begin new daily nonstop service between San Jose and its hub at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) beginning May 1, 2005, with easy connecting service to over 35 other Independence Air destinations in the East, Southeast and Midwest. Independence Air joins a diverse carrier base of 12 airlines currently operating at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC).

Independence Air began passenger service in 1989, as Atlantic Coast Airlines, a Dulles-based partner to United Airlines and, in 2000, with Delta Airlines. They became Independence Air on November 19, 2003, dedicated to creating a low-fare airline that makes air travel easier for customers.

“Independence Air’s expansion to San Jose demonstrates the critical importance of Silicon Valley to the nation’s economy,” said San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales. “We look forward to Independence Air’s growth serving San Jose that will benefit our residents and businesses who can take advantage of more convenient travel to the East Coast.”

As a way to celebrate the new service, Independence Air is offering special introductory fares of $84 one-way on non-stop flights to Washington Dulles with connecting fares of $114 one-way to other Independence Air cities for tickets purchased by February 18, 2005 on the airline’s website, www.FLYi.com.

San Jose (SJC) to Washington (IAD)
Depart – Arrive
11:00 p.m. – 7:05 a.m

Washington to San Jose
Departs – Arrives
6:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Operating out of Terminal C at SJC, the flight will run on an Airbus-319 aircraft, with capacity for 132 passengers. Amenities include all-leather seating in a single-class configuration with comfortable legroom. Customers can also select their preferred seat choice. Independence Air joins United Airlines, which currently offers daily nonstop air service between San Jose and Washington, DC (Dulles).

For more Airport information, visit www.sjc.org or call Airport Customer Service at 408-501-0979. Motorists can also tune their radios to 530 AM within two miles of SJC for current information on airport traffic, parking and security.

Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), a self-supporting enterprise, is owned and operated by the City of San Jose. SJC served 11.1 million passengers and handled approximately 240 million pounds of air cargo in 2004. SJC has 173 flights a day on 12 domestic and international carriers to 28 nonstop destinations.

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