Taking off - merged airline will boost PTIA service
The recently completed merger between US Airways and American Airlines will benefit travelers at Piedmont Triad International Airport as the carrier adds service to and from New York City.
The merged airline, called American Airlines Group, will increase service between PTIA and New York LaGuardia International Airport starting April 1.
In routes posted by the airline Sunday, American Airlines Group will add three daily nonstop trips between the two airports except on Saturday, when there will be one flight. Tickets for the new service are on sale, according to airport officials.
“This increase in flights to New York is great news for our passengers,” said Henry Isaacson, chairman of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority.
The new American Airlines Group service, combined with current Delta Airlines service, will mean the number of departing seats between PTIA and LaGuardia will increase from 7,402 in April 2013 to 11,504 this April, report airport officials.
“We believe this influx of new service will help us bring passengers back to PTI,” Isaacson said. “The flights are scheduled throughout the day, which is ideal for the business passenger.”
American Airlines will depart PTIA at 6:05 a.m., 10 a.m. and 5:05 p.m. every day except Saturday. On Saturday there will be one PTIA departure at 10 a.m. Flights will return from New York to PTIA daily at 7:55 a.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., and 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
American Airlines and US Airways completed the more than $17 billion merger in December, creating the world’s largest-single commercial aviation carrier.