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US Airways arrives here, will depart 3 times a day
Service begins with Halifax-Philly flights
By BILL POWER Business Reporter
Wed. Jun 2 - 4:53 AM
PREMIER DARRELL DEXTER welcomed US Airways to Nova Scotia on Tuesday, and said the arrival helps the province secure its place as Canada’s east coast gateway to the world.
An inaugural flight received a water cannon salute at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
Airline officials promised an aggressive move into the market, beginning with three flights daily to Philadelphia with a 50-seat regional jet operated by partner Air Wisconsin.
"When it comes to serving as a gateway, there is more to Nova Scotia than our ports. We have excellent air connections as well," Dexter said in an interview.
Year-round flights operated by Air Wisconsin will depart Halifax daily at 7:40 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 5 p.m.
These are excellent departure times out of Halifax for business and leisure travellers heading to Philadelphia, said Michael Schmeltzer, the airline’s managing director of passenger sales.
He said US Airways is adding Halifax to its schedule as the U.S. air travel industry is beginning to show increased health after the recession.
"The economy is getting better in general. Our corporate bookings are up about 30 per cent over this time last year, so we’re pretty happy with the way things are going."
Schmeltzer said US Airways is the largest carrier operating out of Philadelphia, meaning there are lots of amenities for travellers waiting for any of the estimated 426 connecting flights offered daily by the airline out of its northeast U.S. hub facility.
Philadelphia is the airline’s international gateway, and there are connecting overseas flights available.
"The fact you have U.S. Customs pre-clearance in Halifax will make trips through Philadelphia very smooth," Schmeltzer said.
The Philadelphia connection comes as the industry in Nova Scotia is also beginning to show signs of improvement.
"We’re registering an increase in passenger growth of two per cent over last year. We are seeing the recovery happening," said Jerry Staples, vice-president of marketing and development for the Halifax International Airport Authority.
Michelle Mohr, a spokeswoman for the airline based in Charlotte, N.C., said sample fares were not prepared for the Halifax-Philadelphia service as there can be dramatic fluctuations depending on departure date.
"The best thing to do is visit the usairways.com website, since there can be significant fare changes for people in a position to change their schedule," she said.
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