Monday, July 6, 2015

US Airways ups ante on PHL-BOS route

Big story in The Inquirer today about US Airways' efforts to protect some of the profits it has made for years on its PHL-BOS route. As you can tell from this page one story, PHL's biggest airline is losing customers to its second-biggest, Southwest, and is offering perks to those flying US on the route. In case you missed it, I pestered Southwest for a couple of years about the need for competition for US Airways on the route, as a way to bring down the exorbitant airfares, and voila! Southwest started flights this summer (because it could make money, not because I pestered their CEO, I hope.)

US Airways ups ante on PHL-BOS route

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Big story in The Inquirer today about US Airways' efforts to protect some of the profits it has made for years on its PHL-BOS route. As you can tell from this page one story, PHL's biggest airline is losing customers to its second-biggest, Southwest, and is offering perks to those flying US on the route. In case you missed it, I pestered Southwest for a couple of years about the need for competition for US Airways on the route, as a way to bring down the exorbitant airfares, and voila! Southwest started flights this summer (because it could make money, not because I pestered their CEO, I hope.)

 As the story says, one of the US Airways perks for customers is special curbside baggage check-in. Question not answered: Will it still cost to check a bag, since Southwest charges nothing?

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Tom Belden has been reporting about Philadelphia International Airport and other air travel subjects for more than 20 years, writing columns for The Inquirer's Travel and Business sections. His reporting (with colleague Craig McCoy) on baggage handling problems in Philadelphia have been credited with helping to improve the system. His previous blog was called Road Warrior. He can reached at tbelden@phillynews.com. Reach Tom at tbelden@phillynews.com.

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