Roundup: New Routes and New Developments

By | November 11, 2009
San Francisco, 1990
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  • US Airways will resume daily nonstop service from Charlotte to Melbourne, FL twelve years after they discontinued it. Service will be operated using 70-seat CRJ700s with three flight daily and will begin February 11th.
  • United Airlines is adding on continuing service to several routes.
    • United Airlines will inaugurate its first service to Africa this May when it begins daily service from Washington-Dulles to Accra, Ghana. The flight will continue on to Lagos, Nigeria, before returning to Accra and onward to Dulles.
    • They will add service to Bahrain on April 18th, as an extra leg to its Washington to Kuwait service.
    • We’re not sure of the loads on these routes, but this sort of add-on is not as common as it once was for airlines. More airlines fly point-to-point flights.
  • United will also add service from Chicago-O’Hare to Brussels on March 28th and will be timed to connect with Brussels Airlines flights.
  • Domestically, they will add service from O’Hare to Muskegon MI and Paducah KY beginning February 11th, and to Eau Claire WI and Hancock/Haughton MI on March 1st. Service will be operated by 50-seat CRJs operated by Skywest.
  • Alaska Airlines announced that it would inaugurate three times weekly service from San Jose, CA to Kahului, Maui, and four-times a week to Kona. It will begin March 11th and March 12th, respectively. Daily service from Sacramento to Maui will start March 26th.
  • Air Canada will add daily service from Iqaluit, Nunavit to Ottawa with continuing service to/from Montreal on March 28th.  The service will use CRJ705 aircraft.
  • Meanwhile, Westjet last week inaugurated service from Toronto to Holguin, Cuba.
  • After 20 years, Iraqi Airways will resume service from Baghdad to Paris.  Iraqi Airways recently began direct flights to Stockholm, and is eyeing direct flights to Germany.
  • Midwest Airlines announced it would add daily service from Milwaukee to San Francisco(April 19th) using Airbus A319s(operated by Frontier), as well as twice daily to Raleigh/Durham(April 1st), operated by Embraer 170s.