May 26, 2004

Independence Air, formerly Atlantic Coast Airlines, this summer will begin flights to 35 East Coast and Midwest destinations. Flying out of Washington Dulles International Airport, the low-fare carrier in June will begin service to Chicago; Newark, N.J.; Boston; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; and Atlanta. Later this summer, the carrier also will serve Cleveland; Hartford, Conn.; Pittsburgh; and Providence, R.I. For a complete listing of destinations and fares, click on

Although Continental Airlines rescinded its price hike earlier this week, low-fare carrier Southwest Airlines said it plans to keep its recent $1 and $2 increase on flights up to and over 600 miles, respectively. A spokesperson for the airline said rising oil prices were partly to blame for the modest fare hike and noted that Southwest's last fare increase occurred in November 2000. Continental on Monday rescinded its worldwide fare increase of $10 to $20 one-way, after competing airlines failed to match the changes.