It seems that the residents of Airlineville mostly joined the rest of the world in taking a break during the week between Christmas and New Years. In fact, the Eskimo, the Eagle, and the Heart did nothing at all. Good for them. They could use a break.
But that doesn’t mean that everyone was silent. Nay. The team at Cirium couldn’t take the week off even though I’m sure it would have been nice after this last year. Pualani shifted her gaze away from the Land of the Rising Sun while Ms Blue got busy scrapping spring break plans. There was a little dabbling by everyone else, but it wasn’t much to get excited about. Just wait one more week and there will undoubtedly be more a whole lot more action.
For now, sit back and enjoy the first episode of 2021. Like sands through the hourglass, so are the skeds of air lines.
Delta Does More RDU
For the most part, Delta only extended new Raleigh/Durham markets from last week through the end of schedule. It was originally filed so hastily that it only dipped into early March last week. But there was another surprise buried in there. RDU – Las Vegas will resume in March. Other than that, Delta looked to be tweaking here and there.
Frontier Cuts More in January
It’s never a surprise to see Frontier cut close to departure, but this week it went beyond that. Yes, it slashed and burned through January 11. That day sees the biggest cuts, dropping from 311 operations to only 200. But there were cuts beyond that date as well this week. From January 12 through the end of the month, Frontier won’t fly Las Vegas – San Jose, Los Angeles – Phoenix, Miami – San Juan, and Sarasota to both Philly and Chicago. Frequencies get trimmed on other routes. In fact, let’s look at a Great Circle Mapper map showing all the reductions.
Hawaiian Cuts Japan Further in February
Hawaiian took another big swipe at February schedules with capacity now down 54 percent year-over-year, a bigger decline than in January. The cut this week was in Japan, where schedules were slashed. Starting in mid-January, Honolulu – Haneda and Osaka drop from 3x weekly to 1x weekly. Meanwhile, Honolulu – Narita comes down to 3x weekly from a high of 4x over the holidays. Other than the weekly Honolulu – Incheon flight, that is the extent of the airline’s international network through February unless Papeete stays in the schedule. I wouldn’t count on that.
JetBlue Takes an Axe to March
JetBlue has jumped the gun by pulling down March schedules about 24 percent. March had already been built up significantly so it’s really down 10 percent year-over-year… so far. The only markets that seem to go away from February to March are Cleveland – Fort Myers and Georgetown – San Juan which goes back to JFK instead. Markets that look to be coming back in March — or starting up post-February — are Cancun – Austin, Nashville, Sacramento, Vegas; Fort Lauderdale – Bozeman, Grand Cayman, Palm Springs; Hartford – Vegas, San Francisco; Boston – Barbados, Philly; Newark – Barbados, Sarasota; New York/JFK – Nashville, Port of Spain; New York/LaGuardia – Fort Myers. Tampa; Orlando – Montego Bay, Nassau, San Francisco; and West Palm Beach – Philly. We’ll see how many of those actually fly by the time March rolls around. There will be a lot more cuts.
WestJet Drops London For Longer
WestJet made more cuts this weekend, as usual. Many of them seem to be broader trims, but some stood out. The last flight for London leaves Toronto on January 14. It won’t resume again until the summer season begins on March 27. The day after that, Calgary – London resumes as well. Nassau service will also be suspended until March, but that re-starts on the fifth from Toronto with Calgary returning the next day.
- China Airlines will bump LA service from 3x weekly to 6x weekly in March, but SFO will stay at 3x weekly at least through April.
- China Southern will now run only 2x weekly from LA to Guangzhou all the way through October.
- Copa won’t fly to Vegas in February.
- El Al won’t fly to Newark in January.
- Emirates will double JFK flights from 1x daily to 2x in April while LA goes daily. In the long run, Houston, San Francisco, and Seattle will all go down from daily to 3x or 4x weekly through October.
- Etihad will cancel Los Angeles service through June.
- French Bee has suspended San Francisco flights until at least March.
- Gol service to the US has been suspended until June 25.
- Icelandair will only fly to one US city — Boston — during February.
- LEVEL service from Barcelona to JFK has been pushed back to March 3.
- Qatar will not fly to Miami in April and May.
- Royal Air Maroc has canceled all flights to Boston and Miami through the end of the schedule.
- Xiamen Airlines looks has filed 22 flights to Fuzhou and 18 to Xiamen in January. That doesn’t sound right, but it’s what was filed.
And that’s it for this first episode of the new year. Come back next week to see what happens when the airlines wake up from their slumbers.