March 27, 2006

U.S. Airways to Suspend Flights to Pittsburgh

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U.S. Airways has announced that it is temporarily cutting flights out of Ithaca and will no longer be flying to Pittsburgh, effective March 31 to June 6.

The Associated Press quoted a U.S. Airways spokesperson saying that “the markets were not supporting the service.”

Flights had resumed from Ithaca to Pittsburgh last November.

According to a press release from the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, the Pittsburgh flights filled only 9 out of 37 available seats.

U.S. Airways also announced that it would cut flights to Pittsburgh from out of Binghamton and Elmira starting April 23.

It is another blow to the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, as it struggles to expand service despite the hard times that have befallen airlines and the added competition from generally cheaper flights out of Binghamton, Elmira and Syracuse.

Last summer, the airport received a $500,000 grant from the federal government to improve service and lower prices.

U.S. Airways will continue to have 11 flights to Philadelphia and La Guardia in New York City. In addition, Northwest provides two daily flights to Detroit.

Archived article by Sun Staff