US Airways Announces Plans To Accommodate Passengers




US Airways Announces Plans
To Accommodate Passengers

Arlington, Va., March 23, 2000 – US Airways said today that it has made contingency arrangements with other airlines to accommodate its customers should a shutdown of the airline become necessary to avert the threatened CHAOS campaign of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA). Arrangements with domestic and international airlines will be in place by 12:01 a.m. Saturday, which is the end of the 30-day cooling off period declared by the National Mediation Board (NMB) in contract talks between US Airways and the AFA. Contract meetings under the auspices of the NMB are continuing. Arrangements with Amtrak also are expected to be in place by that time.

The AFA has said that it will conduct its self-described CHAOS campaign, randomly staging strikes, after 12:01 a.m. Saturday. To protect customers from the uncertainty of these strikes, US Airways has said that it will cease operations at that time. In the event of a shutdown, US Airways will activate arrangements for other major airlines and Amtrak to honor US Airways tickets. Once the agreements are effective, passengers with paper tickets for Saturday, Sunday or Monday can go directly to another airline or work through US Airways reservations or a travel agent to rebook the flight. Customers holding electronic tickets must first call US Airways reservations or a travel agent or go to a US Airways ticket counter or office to have their electronic ticket processed for transfer to another airline. Customers holding a Dividend Miles award ticket must contact US Airways.

The arrangements with other airlines are on a current-day-plus-two "rolling" basis, meaning that on Sunday, should the airline still be shut down, passengers holding tickets for travel on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday could take advantage of this opportunity to rebook on another carrier. US Airways currently is allowing passengers flexibility in making alternative booking arrangements on US Airways flights.

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