Airline's Future: Up in the Air?

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For the time being, don't expect any effects from the bankruptcy filing by U.S. Airways in the Parkersburg area.

U.S. Airways is telling passengers that there will be no disruption of service, even though the airline filed for bankruptcy protection Sunday as it seeks to restructure nearly $9 billion in debt.

U.S. Airways employs some 28,000 people. The airline serves several airports in West Virginia with regional carriers including the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport.

U.S. Airways is the connecting airline for U.S. Airways Express, which is independently operated by Mesa Airways. It connects with U.S. Airways flights from Pittsburgh, but the bankruptcy could have an impact on efforts by the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport, which is seeking a second commuter operator.

"The representatives from Delta told us in June, 'when you hear from U.S. Airways, give us a call'", according to airport manager Carolyn Strock. "so, absolutely, the other airlines are looking carefully at what is happening with U.S. Airways in terms of this market."

Strock, however, is uncertain about the long-term effects of the bankruptcy filing, which is U.S. Airways' second in two years. Industry experts say the bankruptcy filing raises the prospect that the airline could be forced out of business.