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US Airways, sole carrier starting in January, hikes fare from $118 to $698
Fly US Airways in and out of Philadelphia from Pittsburgh on Jan. 4, and the nonrefundable round-trip fare would be $118, before taxes.
Take those same nonstop flights a week later, and the US Airways fare jumps to $698.
Information on fares was collected Monday afternoon on the airline's website.
Why the reason for the change?
Southwest Airlines, the only major competitor to US Airways on that route, will end its nonstop service between the two cities on Jan. 8.
Personally, I think they should raise the fare to $2000, but that's just me. If you're gonna rob people blind, might as well take their eyes too.
Valerie Wunder, a spokeswoman for US Airways, said federal Department of Transportation restrictions limit how much the company can say about its pricing policies. "We do try to set fares based on what we think the market will bear," she said.