Spirit Announces New Year-Round Services from New Orleans and Houston

Spirit Airlines is launching three new year-round routes from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in May, upon the start of its summer schedule, and in April it will begin operating a new year-round service from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

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Air Canada will launch non-stop services between four Canadian hubs and 12 U.S. cities in its summer 2016 season, with 10 of the 12 new routes to be operated on a year-round basis.

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Star Alliance member Air New Zealand will launch non-stop service between Auckland and Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport, a major hub for alliance partner United Airlines, in mid-December.

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Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris is launching three-times-weekly service between Guadalajara and Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport in March.

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Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways will launch a new route on June 12 from Narita International Airport near Tokyo to Houston, subject to receiving required government approvals.

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United Airlines is launching new daily service between Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport and Santiago de Chile on December 7, offering the only non-stop service between the airline’s principal Latin American gateway and the Chilean capital.

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Spirit Airlines plans to launch service from Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport to 10 new destinations in the spring of 2015, three of them in the U.S. and the rest in Mexico and Central America. New U.S. destinations are the Tampa, Baltimore/Washington International and Oakland airports.

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Emirates is replacing Boeing 777-300ERs with Airbus A380s on its routes from Dubai to San Francisco and Houston, from December 1 and December 3 respectively.

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SAS is launching six-times-weekly, all-business class service between Stavanger in Norway and Houston on August 20. PrivatAir, a Swiss executive charter and sub-service operator which owns the Boeing BBJ, will operate it on SAS’ behalf and in SAS colors.

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The inaugural flight will take place on May 2, Korean Air operating the service with a Boeing 777-200ER.

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On the day that United Airlines re-launched Boeing 787 commercial service from the airline’s hub in Houston, the carrier has provided details of new 787 services it plans to begin this summer.

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A study by airline consulting firm Boyd Group International shows that U.S. airports in the fourth quarter of 2012 with the highest cost of air travel ‒ based on fares paid per mile ‒ included Dallas Love Field, Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, Memphis International Airport, Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Tulsa International Airport.

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Spirit Airlines is launching daily non-stop service from Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport to both Denver and Detroit on June 13.

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Air China is increasing service frequency on its non-stop New York JFK-Beijing service from 7 to 11 round-trips a week on March 31. At the same time, Air China is switching to Boeing 777-300ERs to operate the route, from Boeing 747-400s.

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Spirit Airlines is launching daily service on four new routes starting April 25, with three of the routes expected to be year-round and the fourth operating until November 6.

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Pending U.S. government approval, Air China will launch four-times-weekly service between Beijing and Houston on July 11. The new service will see Houston become the first gateway in Texas and the South Central Region of the United States with a direct connection to China.

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United plans to offer five-times-weekly seasonal service between Chicago O’Hare and Shannon Airport in Ireland from June 6 to August 26, 2013. The airline will also begin operating a third daily service between Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport and London Heathrow from March 30.

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Two of the new routes are from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport – to Chicago O’Hare International Airport and to Las Vegas. The third is between Denver International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Spirit is also launching service between Portland, Oregon and San Diego.

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United Airlines has announced the first six international routes it will operate with its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, the first of which it is due to receive at the end of September.

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