US Airways Celebrates Nonstop Service Between Memphis and Washington, D.C.
Local, state and federal elected officials and dignitaries joined US Airways on March 26 to celebrate the carrier's new nonstop, three-times-a-day service between Washington National and Memphis International.
With an Uncle Sam stilt-walker mingling through the crowd, patriotic balloons and signs proclaiming, “To DC and back in a day,” the mood was one of excitement and anticipation.
Arnold E. Perl, chairman of the board of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, served as master of ceremonies for the event. In his comments, he pointed out that this would be a day that Memphis travelers would long remember as the morning that air service for Memphis again went into a building and expansion mode. “Today, thanks to US Airways, you can now travel from your house to the White House and back again in one day.”
Perl was joined by Suzanne Boda, US Airways Senior Vice President of Airport Customer Service, International and Cargo, who explained that the airline has added this service because they feel Memphis can and will support multiple daily nonstops to Washington. Other speakers at the event were Congressman Stephen Fincher (TN-08); Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01); City of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Jr.; Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Jr.; President and CEO of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau Kevin Kane; and President and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority Larry D. Cox.
“With six daily flights to Reagan Washington National Airport, you can expect better fares than what they have been in the past,” added Cox.
The three flights to D.C. represent a 50 percent increase in US Airways’ flying from Memphis. It also has six daily nonstops to Charlotte, North Carolina.
The flights run daily, direct from Memphis to Washington National: 6:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.;.and from Washington National to Memphis: 8:30 a.m., 3:10 p.m., 8:15 p.m.
Arnold E. Perl, chairman of the board of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, served as master of ceremonies for the event.
Suzanne Boda represented US Airways at the celebration of new daily nonstops to Washington, D.C.