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volume 33, number 2
News about Piedmont. The Up-And-Coming Airline.
Five cities to join Piedmont system July 1
When Piedmont inaugurates
service to five new midwest cities
July 1, the airline will be undertak
ing one of the largest expansions In
a single day in the Company’s
On July 1, Piedmont will add Fort
Wayne, Ind., Lansing, Mich., and
Dayton, Toledo, and Akron, Ohio, to
its system, increasing the number
of miles flown daily by six percent.
Grand Rapids, Mich., initially
planned for the July 1 expansion,
will be added to the complex once
FAA approval is received.
Only one other time since Pied
mont became a passenger carrier in
1948 has the airline initiated an
expansion comparable to the new
On June 25, 1962, Piedmont’s
route miles increased from 22,891
to 31,218 dally with the addition of
seven new destinations — Atlanta,
Baltimore, Columbia, Florence,
Goldsboro, Jacksonville, N.C., and
With the new midwest service.
Piedmont will fly 166,000 miles
daily, an increase of 9,800.
On May 1, scheduled daily depar
tures will number 508 and avail
able seat miles, 18.25 million. By
July 1 when the new service is
added, there will be 24 more sched
uled dally departures and 1.1 mil
lion additional ASMs.
For the Dayton complex, the
average stage length will be 407
miles compared with a system
average of 307 in May. The pas
senger using this new complex will
travel over 700 miles on Piedmont
compared to only 453 on today’s
system. Three 737s will be commit-
Aircraft ivill begin taxiing to
Charlotte's neiv $64 million termi
nal on May 2. The newfacility has
over 339,000 squarefeet of space
compared to 151,000 in the old
terminal. Nine airlines, including
commuters, will be located in the
terminal. Piedmont will have 12 oj
the 26 gates at thejacility.
That same weekend. Piedmont
will increase its number of depar
tures at Charlottefrom 78 to 86 a
day. providing new nonstop serv
ice to LGA, ATL, DEN, and CHS, as
well as nonstop service to 30 other
destinations on Piedmont's
system. (Photo courtesy the
Broken lines represent service which will
be added once FAA approval is received.
ted to the new hub although five
aircraft would have been used if the
FAA had given full approval of
Why has Piedmont chosen these
midwest cities? How will the new
"We looked across the United
States for a group of communities
which could best support a com
plex, and these industrial midwest
cities stood out in terms of traffic
potential and lack of service, par
ticularly into the communities
served by Piedmont," Dick James,
staff vice president-corporate plan
“In fact, since deregulation, these
cities have lost 43 percent of the
service provided by major carriers.
“Our hub in Dayton will be sim
ilar in many respects to Charlotte,"
he said. "For the most part, these
communities do not have reason
able access to the southeastern and
southwestern part of the country,
and our new complex will provide
this important service link.
"Like those passengers traveling
through Charlotte, the industrial
mldwestern air traveler can bypass
the traditional congested, circu
itous hubs by utilizing Dayton,"
“However there is one notable
difference between the new hub
and Charlotte. The five communi
ties north of Dayton are 57 percent
larger than the Carolina and Vir
ginia cities that presently support
Charlotte," he added.
Initially, Fort Wayne and Lansing
will have two nonstop, roundtrip
flights daily to Dayton. Tbledo and
Akron/Canton will each have one.
FYom Dayton, nonstop, roundtrip
services to Boston and Washington,
D.C., will be available twice a day
and, to Miami and T^mpa, once
Travelers in these five midwest
cities will be able to "commute" to
many of these destinations. For
example, a businessman can leave
Fort Wayne at 6:10 a.m. and arrive
in Boston at 9:51 a.m. He can con
duct a full day’s business and be
back in Fort Wayne by 9:20 p.m.
"In recent years these industrial
midwest cities have been wrestling
with the loss of industry and high
unemployment," James said.
"But these "Frost Belt" cities
have been aggressively and imagi-
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