This is a classic example of why competition is necessary in an economy. Southwest Airlines is ending their Philadelphia to Pittsburgh nonstop service on January 8th. Starting January 9th, US Airways will be the only carrier with nonstop flights between Pennsylvania‘s two largest cities.
Today, a nonrefundable round-trip ticket will set you back $118.00 before taxes. After Southwest ends their nonstop service, the same ticket, for the same flight, will cost you $698.00 on US Airways.
Taking a flight with one connecting stop makes flying almost equivalent to driving across the state. Amtrak and Megabus are also not options for business travelers who need to make same-day round-trips.
Just another example of corporate greed.