Southwest to Challenge US Airways on Philly-to-Boston Route

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USA Today reports Southwest Airlines will start a Philly-to-Boston route, and that might bring down the cost of the 281-mile trip. "A check of USAirways.com at 11:10 a.m. ET a nonrefundable fare of $1,121 for a Tuesday-Wednesday round-trip itinerary for nonstop flights on June 29-30. (Connecting flights via Pittsburgh were going for $339). A check on Southwest.com showed at the same time showed a price of $139 for nonstop flights at comparable times on the same days. Presumably, US Airways will move to match the just-announced Southwest route.   As for Southwest, it says on its corporate blog: "When we first announced our new service to Boston (BOS) last year , one of the most frequently-asked-for markets was BOS-Philadelphia (PHL).  It wasn't in the initial plans---but starting June 27th, we're jumping in with five daily round-trips!""

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1. fishbonedv said... on Feb 17, 2010 at 09:28AM

“It's about time. We have been getting gouged on this route since Air Tran pulled out of it a few years ago. The rates charged by US Air and others quadrupled the day after Air Tran stopped flying it. If I weren't so skeptical I'd say that the others paid Air Tran to drop the route. Lots of antitrust issues here?”

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