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As a business traveler having logged nearly a million miles, I am happy to see US Airways and its logo vanish from the sky with its merger with American ("US Airways, American Deal Creates Largest Air Carrier," Feb. 15).

In 1992 US Airways extracted millions from the region to build for its needs a new terminal, making the county commissioners accede to every whimsical request of the airline. US Airways filed for bankruptcy in August 2002, coming out of it seven months later, only to file for bankruptcy again in September 2004, to come out of it a second time a year later.

In a strategic move, well before fulfilling its financial obligation to the region's governments, in November 2004 US Airways ceased its major hub operations in Pittsburgh (with more than 500 flights per day to less than 50 now), moving its hub to Philadelphia.

In a letter to the editor on Aug. 15, 2002, I wrote in anger on the usurious charges by US Airways for nonstop flights from Pittsburgh, "My eyes swell with tears on hearing US Airways' Chapter 11 status. But they are not tears of sorrow."

Well, now that US Airways and its logo will vanish forever in the wake of its merger with American Airlines, tears not only swell in my eyes, they also run down my cheeks. Again, as in 2002, they are not tears of sorrow. They are tears of pure joy.

It now will be Philly's turn to take the hit as the US Airways hub. For the newly merged American Airlines, two big hubs so close to each other, one in JFK and another in nearby Philly, are simply not sustainable.

KOLLENGODE S "VENKAT" VENKATARAMAN
Murrysville


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