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US Airways to Serve Paris/Frankfurt Nonstop From Charlotte, To Add Manchester, England, Route From Philadelphia.

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- US Airways plans to expand international service from its Charlotte, N.C., and Philadelphia hubs in Spring 2000 with daily nonstop flights between Charlotte and both Paris and Frankfurt, and with the addition of nonstop service between Philadelphia and Manchester, England.

Paris and Frankfurt will be the second and third major transatlantic markets served by US Airways from its Charlotte hub. US Airways inaugurated nonstop Charlotte-London service in June. Manchester will be the seventh transatlantic destination to be served by US Airways from the company's Philadelphia hub, complementing existing flights to Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Munich, Paris, and Rome.

"These new routes underscore the rapid growth of Charlotte as an international gateway and Philadelphia's leading role in transatlantic air service. They will increase our breadth of transatlantic service and will create tremendous new economic benefits for commerce, as well as travel and tourism, for a vast number of communities on the US Airways system," said US Airways Chairman Stephen M. Wolf.

US Airways is filing applications today with the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Charlotte-Paris and Philadelphia-Manchester routes. This will enable US Airways to operate one daily nonstop flight in each of these markets. The Charlotte-Paris service will begin on April 13, with the return Paris-Charlotte flights starting on April 14. The Charlotte-Frankfurt service will begin on May 18, with Frankfurt-Charlotte flights starting the next day.

Philadelphia-Manchester service will begin on May 25 with return flights starting on May 26. Manchester is the second US Airways destination in Great Britain.

US Airways currently flies to London's Gatwick airport from Philadelphia and Charlotte. US Airways also has applied to operate service between Pittsburgh and London.

US Airways will operate the new services with the Boeing 767-200 aircraft, offering 24 premium Envoy Class seats and 179 seats in the Economy Class cabin.

With these new services, more than 135 communities served by US Airways, the US Airways Express carriers, US Airways Shuttle and MetroJet will have convenient flight connections over US Airways' three international gateways, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, to US Airways' growing transatlantic route network.

US Airways operates 472 jet and US Airways Express nonstop flights daily from Charlotte Douglas International Airport, serving 100 destinations, positioning Charlotte as a major international gateway. US Airways and US Airways Express together enplaned more than 11 million passengers at Charlotte in 1998.

At Philadelphia, US Airways and the US Airways Express carriers operate 389 daily flights nonstop to 92 destinations. Together, US Airways and the US Airways Express carriers enplaned more than 8 million passengers at Philadelphia International Airport in 1998.

US Airways, US Airways Express, US Airways Shuttle, and low-fare MetroJet fly to 202 destinations worldwide, including 38 states in the U.S., Bermuda, Cancun, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay, Nassau, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Croix, and the Canadian destinations of Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Hamilton, and London, Ontario.

For additional information on US Airways' flight schedules and fares, contact your professional travel consultant or US Airways at 1-800-428-4322, or visit US Airways' web site at usairways.com.
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