US Airways Express to Resume Seasonal Service to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard and Expand Summer Service to Maine

ARLINGTON, Va., April 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — US Airways Express will increase its service to Maine, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard beginning in June and continuing throughout the summer, making leading New England vacation spots more accessible for thousands of travelers.

Between Nantucket and both Philadelphia and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, US Airways Express will add one roundtrip flight five days a week, as well as two flights each on Saturday and Sunday flights. US Airways Express will also augment its Nantucket-New York LaGuardia service, flying seven times on weekdays, up from three; five times on Saturday, up from one, and seven times on Sunday, up from two.

US Airways Express will also return seasonal service to Martha’s Vineyard from Reagan National and LaGuardia. Between Reagan National and Martha’s Vineyard, the airline will offer once-daily service five days a week and two flights each on Saturday and Sunday. Between LaGuardia and Martha’s Vineyard, the airline will offer seven flights five days a week, five on Saturday and six on Sunday.

The majority of the seasonal Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard service, using 37-seat turboprop aircraft operated by Piedmont Airlines and 50-seat regional jets operated by PSA Airlines, will begin June 23, 2005.

For Bangor, Maine, US Airways will add a weekday flight as well as a Sunday flight to and from Philadelphia, bringing the total to four flights Monday-Friday and Sunday. On Saturdays, the airline will add two roundtrip flights, bringing the total to five. US Airways will also operate service to and from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, with one Monday-Friday and Sunday roundtrip flight, as well as two new flights on Saturday.

The new Bangor flights will use 50-seat regional jets operated by Mesa and Chautauqua Airlines, and will begin the week of June 5. The additions will mean that between June 2004 and June 2005, the number of seats available in Bangor will increase by 32 percent.

Between Portland, Maine, and New York LaGuardia, US Airways Express will add a weekday frequency, operated by PSA Airlines, bringing the total number of weekday flights to six. US Airways Express carrier Trans States Airlines will also reinstate daily service between Portland and Pittsburgh, using 50- seat regional jets. Between Portland and Washington Reagan National, US Airways Express will add a fourth flight on Sunday and will upgrade to larger aircraft on some weekday and Saturday flights, operated by PSA and MidAtlantic Airways.

The Portland additions will begin the week of June 5, 2005, and represent a 43 percent increase in available seats between June 2004 and June 2005.

US Airways is the nation’s seventh largest airline, serving nearly 180 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and the US Airways Express partner carriers operate approximately 3,500 flights per day. For more information on US Airways flight schedules and fares, contact US Airways online at

US Airways is a member of the Star Alliance, which was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer customers global reach and a smooth travel experience. The members are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Spanair, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways International, United, and VARIG Brazilian Airlines. South African Airways will join the alliance within the next 12 months.

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