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Prepare for a US take-off; TRAVEL: City airport link to America.

Byline: By Edward Stephens TRAVEL EDITOR

BIRMINGHAM International Airport has pulled off a major coup by attracting one of America's biggest scheduled airlines to the Midlands.

From next summer US Airways will start daily flights to Philadelphia, opening up a vast number of onward destinations to Midland travellers.

America's fifth largest carrier will operate daily from May until September, with onward flights available to Boston, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Miami, San Francisco and Tampa - and all the connectins are within two hours. Airport officials are anxious to persuade the airline to operate the route all year round.Currently only one airline, Continental, operates scheduled transatlantic flights from Birmingham with its daily services to Newark.

American Airlines pulled the plug on its Birmingham to Chicago route in 2003 and since then the airport has been determined to find another American carrier to give travellers in the region more choice to the USA.

Peter Vella, Birmingham Airport's business development director, said: "Commencing new daily services to and from Birmingham is a fantastic development because it will give more options for linking destinations across the USA to the Midlands for business and leisure, potentially leading to more trade links and tourism.

Daily flights will depart Birmingham at 8.45am.

The airline will use a 757-200 aircraft offering a mix of 164 economy seats and 12 business class seats.
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