Service Roundup

By | December 30, 2007

Here we are, the last roundup of 2007…

  • Discounter Zoom Airlines will be operating new service from London Gatwick to both San Diego and Ft. Lauderdale. From next May, Ft. Lauderdale service will operate Thursdays and Sundays and will be the first scheduled service from Europe to Ft. Lauderdale in ten years. Service to San Diego will be on Mondays and Fridays beginning in June. It will be the only nonstop service between that city and Europe.
  • Midwest Airlines is extending its codeshare agreement with Northwest to include nonstop Northwest service from Indianapolis to Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma, and Tampa. Sales will begin immediately for flights after January 8th.
  • Rutland, VT has been added to the Jetblue route map, a result of its Cape Air flight. Cape Air codeshares with Jetblue and thus you can book flights on their turboprops with connecting service on Jetblue using the Jetblue website. Rutland officials feel that this puts them on the map with options for bookings rivalling many other New England cities.
  • Cape Air is also looking at growing its intra-Indiana routes, exploring an Indianapolis-Gary flight. It is looking for revenue guarantees or subsidies to operate the service. Terre Haute has also expressed interest in Cape Air service. Cape Air flies 9-seat turboprops. The lower costs of these aircraft has allowed them to enter markets larger aircrafts would not be profitable in, and they maintain relationships with major carriers to allow through ticketing.
  • German carrier Condor will end its twice-weekly Frankfurt-Orlando service on April 28th. Dutch carrier Martinair, which flies from Orlando to Costa Rica and Amsterdam, will also leave Orlando. For Frankfurt passengers, Lufthansa started its own six day a week service this fall.
  • American will begin service between Dallas/Ft. Worth and Grand Junction, Colorado with two daily flights operated by 50-seat regional jets beginning April 7th.
  • Baltimore/Washington will lose Icelandair service next month. The carrier has operated there since 1990, and cites the departure of thousands of Americans from a NATO base and rising costs for the decision. They will be moving the capacity they freed to Toronto. Despite many positives about the airport, its international service is not very extensive.
  • United is dropping a route from John Wayne Airport to Los Angeles on January 6th. The airports are only forty miles apart, and we don’t blame them for eliminating it. The route, as well as LAX to Ontario might be better served with helicopter service or even better rail links, considering how close they are.
  • Spirit Airlines introduced new daily non-stop service from Orlando to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Spirit serves Aguadilla from Ft. Lauderdale as well.
  • Jetblue will begin its Ft. Lauderdale to Aguadilla service on February 15th.