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Midway Airlines Announces It Will Expand Services At RDU

Posted August 14, 2001 8:35 a.m. EDT

— Midway Airlines

has announced that it will expand services at

Raleigh-Durham International Airport

by adding new flights and operating larger planes.

The move will make Midway the largest carrier at RDU. The carrier is taking reservations for new services that will begin operation on or after July 1. Midway is adding two additional flights to Miami, Orlando and Tampa, Fla.

Flights to New Orleans and West Palm Beach, Fla., will continue to run twice daily, but Midway will replace smaller planes currently used with 128-seat Boeing 737-700s, boosting available seating by 30 percent.

The company has purchased 10 new Boeing 737-700s in the last year and is scheduled to receive 10 more by the end of 2001, said Bob Ferguson, Midway's chief executive officer. The new planes can fly longer routes, making it possible for the airline to initiate service to Los Angeles beginning June 1, Ferguson said.

The airline and its commuter partner now offers nonstop service to 35 cities from the airport.