Originally created 09/07/02

Station carrier changes

The US Airways Express counter at Augusta Regional Airport will change hands next month, airport officials announced Friday.

Charlotte-based CCAir, one of 10 regional carriers that fly for US Airways Express, has operated the station for the past seven years.

But starting Nov. 3, Dayton, Ohio-based PSA, another carrier in US Airways Express' network, will take over the station.

"This transition doesn't come as a surprise," said airport spokeswoman Kathryn Solee. "Other stations in the Southeast have been experiencing the same transition."

PSA will start its transition this weekend at Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina.

PSA will be taking over 11 stations this year. Some of those, such as the one at Augusta Regional, are operated by CCAir, which warned of a potential shutdown earlier this year if it could not cut costs.

Other takeovers will be to replace US Airways' mainline jets with smaller airplanes.

At the end of last month, US Airways, which has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, announced it planned to reduce its flights by 13 percent while eliminating service to only one city.

US Airways representatives did not return messages Friday.

While PSA will run the ticket counter and baggage operation, another US Airways subsidiary, Piedmont Airlines, will operate the flights out of Augusta Regional.

Currently, the five daily flights are all operated by US Airways-affiliated carriers. CCAir flies two 37-seat Dash 8 turboprops, and Mesa Airlines flies another Dash 8 turboprop. Air Midwest flies three 19-seat turboprops.

With Piedmont, an extra flight will be added, and all the airplanes will be on the 37-seat Dash 8 planes.

"This transition doesn't come as a surprise. Other stations in the Southeast have been experiencing the same transition." - Augusta Regional Spokeswoman Kathryn Solee

Reach Vicky Eckenrode at (706) 823-3227 or vicky.eckenrode@augustachronicle.com.


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