As stated in our recent post Airfare war in the wings, airlines are adding capacity all over the place- which could lead to a bloodbath when demand slackens in the fall.
For example, JetBlue is adding Florida flights to both the north and south; United plans a pair of new Denver routes; Delta and SAS expand transatlantic capacity; Air Canada adds a Texas destination; American drops a couple of Los Angeles routes; and Southwest plans to add another Florida destination from Washington D.C..
- JetBlue said it will launch new daily service between Baltimore/Washington and Orlando on November 12, followed by twice-daily service between Philadelphia and Ft. Lauderdale starting November 19. The carrier will also add Mexico City to its route map on October 1 with daily flights from both Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando. And JetBlue is targeting the first quarter of 2016 for new daily service from Ft. Lauderdale to Quito, Ecuador.
- Effective September 13, United will add a pair of new North Carolina routes out of its Denver International hub, operating twice-daily service to both Charlotte and Raleigh with Embraer E175 aircraft.
- Delta on May 22 resumes seasonal daily flights between New York JFK and Prague, Czech Republic, using a 225-seat 767-300. The airline revived seasonal service between JFK and Athens at the end of March, but says it will increase frequencies on that route from seven a week to 12 starting June 2, citing high demand. Delta has also applied for government authority to begin a new route from Orlando to Sao Paulo, Brazil, beginning December 19 with four flights a week.
- Instead of reducing service on its Newark-Oslo and Newark-Stockholm routes when its winter schedule kicks in at the end of October, SAS this year will continue to operate daily flights on both of them.
- Air Canada has added Austin, Texas to its network, launching daily Air Canada Express service to Toronto with a 75-seat CRJ.
Related: Airfare war in the wings
- According to route-tracking website airlineroute.net, American Airlines plans to discontinue service from Los Angeles to both Monterey, Calif. and Santa Fe, New Mexico after September 15.
- Southwest Airlines has set a November 1 start for new daily service from Washington Reagan National to Orlando, its third Florida destination from DCA. On the same date, the airline plans to add a second daily roundtrip from Austin to Ft. Lauderdale.
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