Air South ends flights out of BWI

January 04, 1995|By From Staff Reports

Less than three months after starting service at BWI, Air South suspended flights there yesterday, saying it was unable to lease enough planes to continue operations in what has become a highly competitive market.

"You have to make some painful choices, and our choice was to stay in our core system from Raleigh, N.C., to Florida," said Don McGuire, a spokesman for the Columbia, S.C., airline. "Something had to be sacrificed, but we're definitely coming back to Baltimore when we get the plane."

Since Nov. 15, Air South had offered four daily nonstop flights from Baltimore-Washington International Airport to Raleigh-Durham, with three continuing to Columbia, S.C., and one to Atlanta. Fares had been as low as $69.

Mr. McGuire said plans to lease a sixth jet fell through. He also noted the high cost of marketing in this area.

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