October 10, 2008
US Airways Requests Authority for First Ever Non-Stop Flight From Washington, D.C. Reagan National Airport to Akron-Canton Airport
GREEN, Ohio, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) has a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain non-stop service to Washington, D.C.'s Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), whose capacity is restricted by the U.S. government. US Airways has requested two slots be assigned to them allowing for a single round trip flight. The slots will be assigned by the U.S. Department of Transportation by the end of the year. This is a strategic chance for the airport and the region, one that the airport has been working on for more than a decade. DCA slots rarely come available and competition for them is often fierce.
"We have never been this close," said Richard B. McQueen, President & CEO of Akron-Canton Airport. "Washington D.C. is our number one requested destination and US Airways is the perfect partner to fly the route. US Airways provides excellent service to our community and we are delighted that they have selected Akron-Canton for this very valuable opportunity. If awarded, we will do everything we can to support it." US Airways currently offers CAK customers five round trip flights to their Charlotte, North Carolina hub and two to their Philadelphia, Pennsylvania hub.
The slots were originally made available under the guidelines of AIR-21/ vision 100, a comprehensive air transportation bill passed in 2000. According to Howard Kass, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel for US Airways, Inc., "AIR-21 awards are fundamentally about small community access to DCA; and for a small community like Akron-Canton, it is about first-ever non-stop access to DCA."
US Airways has a long history (more than 40 years) with the airport. Akron-Canton travelers will benefit with the non-stop route to Washington D.C. and be able to take advantage of the excellent connection opportunities offered by US Airways at DCA. The airline will fly a comfortable CRJ-200 on the route.
At this time, there is no non-stop flight to any Washington D.C. metropolitan airport from CAK. This flight is vital to the many business and community leaders who need to reach our nation's capital but simply cannot because no flight is offered from CAK, a small community airport.
Dan Colantone, President and CEO of the Greater Akron Chamber adds, "This service is critical to our efforts to advance Greater Akron. Our ability to directly and conveniently link with leaders in Washington D.C. is more important than ever as we need to weigh in on the important issues that affect business development and ultimately the economic vitality in our region."
Additionally, Dennis Saunier, President and CEO of the Canton Regional Chamber said, "This type of strategic and desirable air service helps our growing businesses attract talented workers to our community. The addition of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport would be a huge advantage; helping us recruit even more young people back to the Canton region."
Regional development organizations, cities, counties, chambers, convention and visitors bureaus and private companies are supporting the airport's effort to win these slots for our region. If this route is important to you, your company can write a support letter to aid the airport's efforts. A sample letter is available at http://www.akroncantonairport.com/getus2dc.htm.
About Akron-Canton Airport
Akron-Canton Airport kicked off CAK 2018, its 10-year, $110-million Capital Improvement Plan in March of this year. The plan is the most ambitious in the airport's 62-year history and includes a 600 ft. runway extension allowing full-sized jets to reach the west coast, Caribbean and Mexico. Other projects include a Customs and Border Patrol Facility, extended upper level concourse and the construction of Port Green, an industrial park that could bring more than 1,000 high paying jobs to northeast Ohio. Photos of the airport are available at http://www.flickr.com/akroncantonairport; and Facebook members are warmly invited to join the Akron-Canton Airport group at http://www.facebook.com/ by searching for Akron-Canton Airport. Additional information including flight reservations, driving instructions, and relaxation station is available at http://www.akroncantonairport.com/, CAK's comprehensive web portal. Akron-Canton Airport a better way to go(R).
About US Airways
US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates approximately 3,200 flights per day and serves 200 communities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. The airline employs more than 34,000 aviation professionals worldwide and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers our customers 18,000 daily flights to 965 destinations in 162 countries worldwide. In the first eight months of 2008, US Airways ranked first in on-time performance among the ten largest U.S. carriers according to the Department of Transportation's Air Travel Consumer Report. And for the tenth consecutive year, the airline received a Diamond Award for maintenance training excellence from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its Charlotte, North Carolina hub line maintenance facility. For more company information, visit usairways.com.
CONTACT: Kristie Van Auken, Senior Vice-President and Chief Marketing &Communications Officer, Akron-Canton Airport, Akron: +1-330.896.2376, Canton:+1-330.499.4059, [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.akroncantonairport.com/http://www.usairways.com/