US Airways Express is the name of the new regional service from the G.R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids,  two non-stop flights each day to Philadelphia and to Charlotte North Carolina.

Airport Director Brian Ryks tells WOOD Radio that this new merger with American Airlines and US Airways  represents flights out of West Michigan to all four points of the compass and "opens up our area travelers to some very large hub networks."

The West Michigan airport in Grand Rapids is the second-busiest in the state and, with these two additions, Ryks says Ford International now services 25 markets directly.

Earlier, we had reported that  North Carolina think-tank (the John Locke Foundation) was surprised to find the planned 50-seat flights surprisingly small. Ryks tells us this is a standard practice as, as demand increases, so will the size of the airplane.

"Out of Charlotte and Philadelphia," he said, travelers will find "some very nice international connections."