US Airways reveals new markets from National

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US Airways has revealed 11 new destinations from Washington National airport as a result of concluding a transaction with Delta Air Lines to obtain 42 slot pairs at the airport.

The two carriers in late 2011 concluded a transaction they first attempted to forge in 2009 in which US Airways obtains the slot pairs from Delta at National and agreed to hand over 132 pairs to Delta at New York's LaGuardia airport. With the close of the transaction Delta recently unveiled two waves of service from LaGuardia to debut in March and July.

US Airways stated eight of the 11 new flights it plans to launch from National in March currently have no service from the airport. Those destinations are Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach and Tallahassee, Florida; Jacksonville and Fayetteville, NC; Little Rock, Arkansas, Islip, New York; and Birmingham, Alabama.

Current schedules in the Innovata database show Delta offers both mainline and regional nonstop flights from National to Memphis, Tennessee, one of the three routes US Airways is launching that are operated by other airlines. Delta also offers flights on planned US Airways service to Omaha, Nebraska along with Frontier Express flights operated by Republic Airlines.

Other service changes US Airways plans at National include converting weekend service to Bangor, Maine and Savannah, Georgia to daily flights and the addition of a single frequency to Hartford, Connecticut.

Once the changes are completed US Airways will offer 230 daily flights from National as part of its goal to house 99% of its flying at its three hubs - Charlotte, Philadelphia and Phoenix - and its shuttle flights in the US northeast. The carrier stated that is a 16 percentage point increase compared with 2006, when 83% of its capacity touched those markets.

The carrier has previously said it could earn roughly $75 million in revenue annually from the transaction.