TEMPE, Ariz., June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- US Airways (NYSE: LCC) applauds the order announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on Thursday, June 20, tentatively awarding the airline with permanent rights to operate daily, year-round service between Sao Paulo, Brazil and the airline's largest hub in Charlotte, N.C. The awarded rights, when finalized, ensure that US Airways can maintain Charlotte to Sao Paulo service on a permanent basis. The airline's service between Charlotte and Sao Paulo's Guarulhos International Airport, which began June 8, uses temporary frequencies leased from another carrier.
"US Airways expresses its gratitude to Secretary LaHood, Assistant Secretary Kurland and their staffs at the DOT for their recognition of the benefits of the new service for consumers and shippers throughout the Carolinas and beyond," said Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs Howard Kass. "US Airways is delighted to have the new Charlotte-Sao Paulo service made permanent and underscores how important Charlotte is to the US Airways network. Our new service from Charlotte, the U.S.' second largest financial center, provides our customers in more than 85 communities with easy one-stop access to South America's most important business market."
Each year more than 36 million US Airways customers fly through Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which is the third-largest U.S. airline hub with more than 640 daily departures to 136 destinations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico and Latin America. The airline's new service to Sao Paulo complements its existing service between Charlotte and Rio de Janeiro.About US Airways US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,100 flights per day and serves 198 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide, operates the world's largest fleet of Airbus aircraft and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,328 airports in 195 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. Aviation Week and Overhaul & Maintenance magazine presented US Airways with the 2012 Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of the Year Award for demonstrating outstanding achievement and innovation in the area of technical operations. Military Times Edge magazine named US Airways as a Best for Vets employer for the past three years. US Airways was, for the third year in a row, the only airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by LATINA Style magazine's 50 Report. The airline also earned a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index for six consecutive years. The Corporate Equality index is a leading indicator of companies' attitudes and policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers. For more company information visit usairways.com, follow on Twitter @USAirways or at Facebook.com/USAirways. (LCCG) -Fly with US- SOURCE US Airways