Route of the Week:
US Airways’ Philadelphia to San Antonio
The San Antonio based fife & drum band Granaderos y Damas de Galvez helped launch US Airways’ Philadelphia route at the Texan airport, while Frank R. Miller, San Antonio’s Aviation Director, was presented with a commemorative plate by Suzanne Boda, US Airways’ SVP Airport Customer Service, International and Cargo.
Cutting the ribbon in Texas’ capital Austin for US Airways’ new Philadelphia route were Jim Smith, Aviation Department Executive Director; Doug Driskill, Chair of the Austin Chamber Air Services Task Force; Irina Pacilio, US Airways’ Austin Station Manager; and Julie Chase, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau’s VP Marketing & Tourism. Liberty Bell cupcakes were baked for passengers enjoying the 7am launch celebration.
- US Airways launched two new routes to Central Texas out of its Philadelphia, PA (PHL) hub in the last week. Both routes are operated on a daily basis with the airline’s 99-seat E-190 aircraft. On 4 September, the Star Alliance airline began serving San Antonio, TX (SAT), while the following day saw the launch of flights to the state capital Austin, TX (AUS). The airline already serves both airports from two of its other bases; Phoenix and Charlotte. Doug Driskill, Chair of the Austin Chamber Air Services Task Force, commented: “The business community has cited improving nonstop air service as one of the top three enablers of growth for the technology community. This new nonstop flight to Philadelphia supports our access to good high tech markets and hub connections on the east coast. We look forward to our continued partnership between the business community and the airport on air service initiatives.”