US Airways still considering Gulfstream codeshare

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<US Airways has corrected a previous comment that it does not intend to codeshare with Gulfstream International Airlines>

US Airways says it is still considering forging a codeshare pact with Gulfstream International Airlines, reversing a previous comment that it does not intend to codeshare on the Florida-based carrier’s proposed essential air service (EAS) at four US communities.

Representatives for the US major told ATI that the Star Alliance member would not codeshare with the Florida-based carrier.

But a US Airways spokeswoman now says the carrier is “still looking at codesharing”.

Although nothing has been decided yet, the carrier is “still considering it”, she adds.

Gulfstream president David Hackett says he has not received an answer from US Airways on the codeshare proposal. “We’re waiting on US Airways. They’re kind of busy these days,” he says.

Gulfstream’s EAS proposal to introduce Raytheon Beech 1900Ds in Athens, Georgia; DuBois, Pennsylvania; Franklin/Oil City, Pennsylvania; and Lewisburg, West Virginia is contingent upon reaching a codeshare agreement with US Airways

The DOT selected Gulfstream’s plan after Mesa Air Group subsidiary Air Midwest notified the department of its intention to terminate service in these markets.

“Until a new carrier starts [EAS service], the current carrier is held in. If the newly appointed carrier can’t start or drops out, the current carrier is held in”, a DOT spokesman says.  

Mesa declined to comment.