Swinging Service at Washington-National

By | August 12, 2009
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As part of our continuing coverage of Slotgate ’09(just kidding), we’re going to review some of what is going on down at National Airport. US Airways is gaining slots for 42 additional daily roundtrips at the airport.

They will be adding new service to fifteen destinations, eight of which are new to Washington.

They will also initiate service to cities that already have flights with other airlines.

As part of building the airport up as a hub, they will increase mainline flying by fifty percent and grow passenger traffic by thirty to thirty-five percent, and take on other airlines flying into Washington. That will give them 229 flights daily to 61 destinations.They have requested additional gates from the airport to better operate the service.

Delta will reduce its 89 daily departures to 55. It currently operates to the following cities:

  • Atlanta
  • New York-JFK
  • Salt Lake City
  • Boston
  • Cincinnati
  • Des Moines(Eff. 9/1)
  • Huntsville
  • Jackson
  • Lexington
  • Madison(Eff 9/1)
  • Raleigh/Durham
  • Detroit
  • Minneapolis
  • Memphis
  • Grand Rapids
  • New York-LaGuardia

It will likely drop Madison and Des Moines right after the swap, even though it hasn’t even started them yet. We hope to see JFK returning to at least once daily mainline service. We remember when they used to have one or two mainline flights to funnel passengers into their international service at Kennedy. Of course, considering they’ve even downgraded the shuttle to LaGuardia to regional service(admittedly E170s), this may not happen. Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Detroit, Minneapolis, Memphis and Cincinnati are hubs, and will maintain service, and we’re sure the other cities will be on the chopping block. Of course, Memphis and Cincinnati are seriously being downgraded, so they might also go, especially if US Airways is going to try the Cincinnati route.

The Times are Changing.

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