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Airport in Naples left without an air carrier

By Associated Press
Published June 16, 2003

NAPLES - Starting Sunday, fliers could no longer book a flight into or out of Naples Municipal Airport.

The final commercial flight landed at the facility Saturday afternoon. US Airways Express was offering six daily flights - three inbound, three outbound - between Tampa and Naples, but decided to end the service in what company officials said was a cost-cutting move.

US Airways was the fifth commercial air carrier to leave the Naples airport in the last seven years. The terminal is remaining open, mainly to accommodate several auto-rental companies that have leased in-terminal space.

"It was nice having this option," said former U.S. Airways flight attendant Traci Smith, who lives in Naples. Now, she'll have to drive to Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, about 35 miles north of Naples, to pick up visiting guests.

Naples airport officials have said the problem at their facility reflects the slump in the overall aviation industry. The facility has also been hurt by continued growth at the airport in Fort Myers.

[Last modified June 16, 2003, 01:33:03]

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