Shuttle America to drop service to five US cities

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US Airways Express affiliate Shuttle America is terminating its service to five US cities from 1 May.

The Fort Wayne, Indiana-based regional, in several filings with the US Department of Transportation (DOT) reveals that it will no longer operate Saab 340 turboprop service from Pittsburgh to Hagerstown, Maryland; Lynchburg, Virginia; Trenton, New Jersey and Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Flights to Bedford, Massachusetts - operated from Trenton - also will be cut.

Shuttle America, which is owned by investment funds organized by Wexford Management, operates a fleet of Saab 340 turboprops under a codeshare with US Airways Express. By dropping service to these cities, Shuttle America will effectively reduce its destinations by over a third.

CEO Scott Durgin says Shuttle America’s marketing arrangement with US Airways has not changed. “The markets that we’re vacating, with the exception of Bedford and Trenton, are not sustaining financial return levels that we can continue to endure.

“Bedford-Trenton was sustaining itself but we chose to pull down that level of flying because it doesn’t meet the strategic needs of US Airways, and we want to maintain a [certain] level of flying in Pittsburgh for them.”

Durgin says Shuttle America is now looking at “redeploying our assets into other markets” on behalf of US Airways. He stresses that the carrier has no intention of reducing its fleet.

A US Airways spokeswoman says the mainline carrier is “actively exploring our options to cover the service [vacated by Shuttle America] with other US Airways Express carriers”.