US Airways plans new seasonal European flights in 2014

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US Airways will add four new seasonal routes to its European network from Charlotte in 2014, taking advantage of its growing long-haul fleet.

The Tempe, Arizona-based Star Alliance carrier will launch once daily seasonal flights from Charlotte-Douglas International airport to Barcelona on a 258-seat Airbus A330-200, to Lisbon and Manchester, UK, on 176-seat Boeing 757-200s from 22 May 2014; and to Brussels on a 204-seat Boeing 767-200ER from 5 June 2014.

Service will end to Barcelona on 24 October 2014, Brussels on 1 September 2014, and to Lisbon and Manchester on 28 September 2014.

The flights will complement US Airways’ existing service to the cities from Philadelphia International airport.

“US Airways continues to expand our Charlotte hub and our presence in Europe by adding flights between Charlotte-Douglas International airport and four popular European destinations to meet peak travel demand," says Andrew Nocella, senior vice-president for marketing and planning at US Airways, in a statement.

The service is possible with additional long-haul aircraft the airline is taking delivery of this year. It plans to add five A330-200s by the end of December while keeping its fleet of 757s and 767s flat.

While one of these additional aircraft will be dedicated to US Airways’ Charlotte-Sao Paulo Guarulhos route, the remainder makes the European expansion possible, as long as the carrier does not revise its fleet plan.

No other carriers operate any of the four routes, Innovata schedules show.