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US AIRWAYS KEEPS CLUB OPEN HERE
ROCHESTER, SYRACUSE LOUNGES TO CLOSE

The US Airways Club at Buffalo Niagara International Airport will remain open as the financially troubled airline closes other upstate New York facilities.

The airline announced Wednesday that it will shutter its members-only passenger lounges at airports in Rochester and Syracuse, as well as in Indianapolis. It will also close one of two clubs in Pittsburgh. Those facilities will close on Dec. 3 as part of the bankrupt airline's cost-cutting efforts.

"We have no plans to close the US Airways Club at the Buffalo airport. There are no planned changes in that service," said US Airways spokeswoman Amy Kudwa.

C. Douglas Hartmayer, spokesman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, said airport officials were relieved to learn the Buffalo facility is unaffected by the planned closures.

"We're very pleased that US Airways is going to continue to offer this amenity for club members at the Buffalo airport," Hartmayer said.

US Airways, which handled 21 percent of passengers flying out of Buffalo as of September, is the dominant air carrier serving the Buffalo market.

US Airways will continue to operate a total of 20 clubs at 17 airports. The members-only clubs are frequented by the airline's most frequent flyers, particularly business travelers who use the private waiting areas to work or relax which waiting for their flights.

Many of the clubs are outfitted with high-speed Internet access and other business-friendly amenities, as well as special food and beverage services. The club at the Buffalo airport offers T Mobile wireless Internet service and a small conference room.

Members pay dues of as much as $375 a year to use the clubs at airports where they are available.

slinstedt@buffnews.com

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