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08/22/02

US Airlines Cutbacks May Affect Local Service

It's one of the country's largest airlines, and one of the major air carriers here in the Coastal Empire and Low Country. Now, less than two weeks after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, US Airways says it's cutting more than a hundred flights by next month, and 70 more by the end of the year.

The company has still not announced if any of the flights from the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport will be affected, but what we do know is that passengers are very concerned about the future of their flights.

Every day, seven of the airline's flights fly passengers in and out of the Coastal Empire and Low Country. US Airways is the seventh largest commercial airlines in the United States, and is the second major carrier in the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport.

Now, news that the airline may be cutting up to 13 percent of its flights, has many passengers worried about taking their next trip.

"I'm sorry, just like everybody else," Lloyd Goodman of Savannah said today. "The more flights there are, the easier it is for us to get around. I hope they'll be back up before long and the flights will be back."

Others are concerned about Savannah's already limited flight schedule.

Traveler Ann Dimicco said, "It's already pretty hard to get in and out of here. I'm from the West Coast and coming here to Savannah, if we lose this one, it's going to be even worse."

Even if service is not cut from Savannah, passengers could still see some big delays as they try to get to their destinations. Fewer flights may also mean higher prices.

"It could actually, probably will, run the cost up," said Ohioan Reba Withrow. "Who knows? But with everything that's happened in the last year, you've got to expect this kind of stuff."

US Airways has not said if any of the seven daily flights or limited weekend flights through Savannah will be cut. We'll be following this story and continuing to keep you updated.

Reported by: Liz Flynn

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