USAir has not escaped the merciless impact of the recession. But the Baltimore-Washington International Airport's dominant carrier made a decision recently that should position the airline for long-term growth and boost the Baltimore region's economy.
Pending the approval of federal regulators, USAir has agreed to buy Trans World Airlines' routes to London from Baltimore-Washington International Airport and from Philadelphia. If the purchase is approved, the London route should strengthen Baltimore's position as one of USAir's key hubs. Although the sluggish economy has forced the airline to decrease its service through Baltimore in recent months, USAir still operates more than 100 jet flights a day from BWI.
Those flights provide healthy pass-through traffic. It is not unusual to see vacationers from, say, Sweden first land at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, then take a flight to Baltimore and continue from here to destinations in Florida. That's how hubs operate.