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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Southwest to Add Cincinnati and Grand Cayman to Its Network

Southwest Airlines is planning to launch service on June 4 to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and to Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport (subject to Southwest receiving requisite governmental approvals).

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JetBlue Airways will launch six-times-a-day service on weekdays between Boston Logan International Airport and New York LaGuardia Airport on October 31. The airline will also offer two LaGuardia-Boston Logan round-trips on Saturdays and three round-trips on Sundays.

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Ethiopian Airlines will launch three-times-weekly scheduled service to Newark Liberty International Airport from Addis Ababa, via Lomé in Togo, on July 3. Ethiopian had announced in January that it would resume service to the New York metropolitan area in July but said it planned to serve New York JFK.

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Brussels Airlines is strengthening its long-haul network, in a move that will see it add two more Airbus A330s to its fleet within the next 15 months.

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Star Alliance member Air China says it is adding the four-times-weekly Bejing-Newark service to its existing twice-daily Beijing-New York JFK service “in order to further meet the buoyant demand for air travel between China and the United States”.

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United Airlines plans to add daily transatlantic summer-season service on May 25 between Newark and Athens, Washington Dulles and Barcelona and Washington Dulles and Lisbon.

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Orlando will be Southwest Airlines’ third Florida destination from Washington Reagan National Airport, where Southwest says it is now the second-largest carrier in terms of passengers carried.

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Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways have announced that their transatlantic joint-venture partnership will add six new transatlantic services between the U.S. and the UK for the summer 2015 season.

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In addition, United Airlines will offer a second daily non-stop flight between Washington Dulles International Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for the 2015 summer season.

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Subject to government approval, El Al plans to place its ‘LY’ flight code on select JetBlue Airways-operated flights to and from New York JFK and Newark Liberty International Airport.

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Now both Delta and strategic partner Virgin Atlantic Airways operate to and from the same terminals at both ends of the London Heathrow-New York JFK route, which is the world’s most important international business-travel market, according to Delta.

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Southwest has announced it would add 20 flights to 12 new non-stop destinations if the airline is able to acquire two additional gates at Dallas Love Field. American must relinquish the gates under the terms of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, but other airlines are also bidding for them.

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JetBlue Airways plans to launch daily non-stop service from Newark Liberty International Airport to Santiago de los Caballeros, the second-largest city in the Dominican Republic, on May 1.

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Icelandair will begin scheduled service from Newark Liberty International Airport on October 28. The airline says its Newark flights will supplement its existing New York JFK service and will operate four times per week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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United is planning new flights to Latin America from Chicago and Washington, D.C. The carrier is also planning to launch new services to Canada from Denver, New York, and Washington, D.C., as well as additional domestic routes from Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

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Virgin America is launching three-times-daily service to New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport from both Los Angeles and San Francisco on April 2, 2013, Newark becoming the carrier’s 20th destination.

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Southwest Airlines will start service at Branson on March 9, 2013, with daily non-stop flights to Dallas Love Field, Houston Hobby Airport and Chicago Midway Airport, and Saturday-only service to Orlando. Branson will become the 79th destination in Southwest’s route network.

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United Airlines will begin daily non-stop service between its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and Buenos Aires’ Ministro Pistarini International Airport on April 6. The new flight replaces United’s non-stop service between Washington Dulles and Buenos Aires.

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