Tuesday, July 18, 2000

TWA will use new, smaller jets here

Adds St. Louis flight

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HEBRON — Hoping to kick-start its local business, St. Louis-based TWA is changing the kind of aircraft it flies out of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

        Beginning in August, TWA will fly the type of smaller regional jet used by many airlines, including Northern Kentucky's Comair. The airline now uses DC-9 aircraft for its four daily flights from Cincinnati to its St. Louis hub.

        TWA also will increase its daily flights to St. Louis to five, said Arlyn Easton, chairman of the Kenton County Airport Board's Air Service Committee.

        Mr. Easton made the announcement during a Monday night board meeting at the airport. TWA officials could not be reached to comment.

        Bob Holscher, the airport's director of aviation, said TWA is replacing many of its older planes with smaller and newer 50-seat regional jets that have gained popularity, particularly with business travelers.

        The regional jets also have quieter engines than many larger planes, including the DC-9 TWA is using, Mr. Easton said.

        TWA is facing problems in its operation both at the airport and across the country.

        The airline has not made a profit in 12 years, losing $353.4 million in 1999.

        During June, the number of passengers it flew out of Cincinnati dropped nearly 32 percent to 6,325, according to an airport board report released Monday.

        The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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