Potomac Air will be a US Airways Express carrier and its launch was announced Thursday by its parent, US Airways.
As part of that combination, US Airways proposed to spin off a large share of its Washington operations to a new airline in an effort to ease concerns that the merged airline would dominate at both National and Dulles International airports.
With approval of the merger, Potomac Air would become DC Air and take over the routes to be spun off, US Airways said.
Starting Friday, the new airline will operate between Washington National and Charleston, W.Va., Greensboro, N.C., and White Plains, N.Y.
US Airways said that in the future Potomac is expected to expand service to include Allentown, Pa., Charlotte, N.C., Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C., Knoxville, Tenn., Greenbrier/Lewisburg, W.Va., Morgantown, W.Va., Norfolk, Va., Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, as well as to Roanoke, Va., with continuing service to Clarksburg, W.Va., and Richmond, Va.
Potomac Air will fly 37-seat DASH-8 aircraft and has a maintenance and operations base in Roanoke.
The United/US Airways merger, announced last May, is still being reviewed by the Department of Justice. In December, the airlines agreed to extend the deadline for regulators to review the proposed deal until April 2.
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