Merged airline shifting Upstate N.Y. flight destination to Phila.

Posted: February 26, 2014

A former American Eagle flight between Watertown, N.Y. and Chicago O'Hare Airport will move to a new route between Watertown and Philadelphia International Airport, beginning May 8.

US Airways, which merged with American Airlines in December, said the move will better connect passengers in Watertown, 60 miles north of Syracuse and near Fort Drum military base, to transatlantic and East Coast destinations from US Airways' international hub in Philadelphia.

"It's a little illustration of how some things are changing slowly as a result of the merger," said airline spokesman Todd Lehmacher. The Watertown flights will operate on US Airways Express in Philadelphia's Terminal F and be flown with 50-seat regional jets in the summer and 37-seat turbo prop planes the rest of the year, Lehmacher said.

The Watertown flight will operate twice daily as part of a government-subsidized "essential air service" program. The federal government gives airlines money to operate flights to 163 rural U.S. communities that otherwise would have no commercial air service.

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