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Western Pacific airline shuts down after less than 3 years

Western Pacific Airlines, a discount carrier that sought bankruptcy court protection as it lost $88 million last year, has shut down after nearly three years of service.

The airline has reached an agreement with United Airlines to protect nearly all passengers who purchased tickets through Wednesday, airline attorney Christian Onsager said.Western Pacific began operating in May 1995, promoting itself as a low-fare carrier to major cities.

But last year it moved the bulk of its operations from Colorado Springs to Denver International Airport, where it had to compete with United as well as other discount airlines. In October, it filed for bankruptcy court protection from its creditors. It lost $87.7 million last year.

Among the cities it recently served were Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Seattle, Atlanta, Washington-Dulles, Chicago-Midway, San Francisco and New York.