In domestic route news, United adds two East Coast markets from its Denver hub; American targets Sacramento; Delta gets a reprieve at Dallas; JetBlue grows at JFK, including a Hawaii flight; Frontier expands again; and Hawaiian adds winter Kauai flights.
Effective April 5, United is due to add a pair of new routes from its Denver hub to the East Coast, inaugurating service to Hartford and Richmond. United Express/SkyWest will operate the daily Richmond roundtrip with a 76-seat E175. The Hartford route will be mainline service, with one daily A319 roundtrip.
American Airlines will add a bevy of new flights this summer from key hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas and New York La Guardia to a handful of smaller cities, according to Airline Route. For example, it has set a June 2 start for new nonstops between Charlotte and San Jose (SJC) and between Sacramento and its Chicago O’Hare hub. It will also add seasonal nonstops from LaGuardia to Martha’s Vineyard (CRJ) and Nantucket (Embraer 170).
Delta can keep flying out of Dallas Love Field for now, a U.S. District Court judge has ruled. The carrier operates five daily roundtrips from Love to its Atlanta hub, and it can keep doing so until lower courts rule on the distribution of gates at the airport, the judge said. Delta has been involved in a legal battle with Southwest, which controls 18 of the 20 gates at Love and wants to keep expanding there. Virgin America controls the other two.
JetBlue has started flying two new routes out of New York JFK and has put its B6 code onto another. The airline’s newest California route is from JFK to Palm Springs, which it is now operating five days a week (Thursdays through Mondays). That seasonal route will continue through May 1. The carrier has also kicked off the only non-stop service between JFK and Daytona Beach, Florida, with one daily roundtrip. And on January 19, JetBlue will add its first service to Hawaii by putting its B6 code onto Hawaiian Airlines’ New York JFK-Honolulu service.
Just two weeks after it unveiled plans to add 42 new routes, ultra-low-cost Frontier Airlines is at it again, announcing several more. At Pittsburgh in June, Frontier will add new daily service to Denver and Las Vegas, as well as three or four flights a week to Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare and Orlando. Frontier will also add Columbus, Ohio to its route map in early June with daily flights to Denver and Las Vegas, and less frequent service to Orlando and Philadelphia. And at San Antonio on May 13, the airline will begin daily Denver flights along with four a week to Atlanta and three a week to Las Vegas and Philadelphia. Starting April 14 is new daily Frontier service from Colorado Springs to Las Vegas.
Instead of putting its Los Angeles-Kauai service into the usual winter hiatus, Hawaiian Airlines is keeping the route active this season, operating three flights a week from LAX to Lihue. The route is also served by United.
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