Can you feel the heat? The residents of Airlineville are starting to get a little testy this week according to the plans they gave to Cirium. We have the Eagle and the Taxi making moves down on South Beach. Meanwhile, the two sun-worshippers out of Vegas and Minneapolis/St Paul are sparring in the Twin Cities.
The Eskimo and the Widget are trying to beat the heat by dreaming of winter and the Maple Leaf, well, he’s just dreaming of a time he can come visit his friends again.
All this and more this week. Like sands through the hourglass, so are the skeds of air lines.
Air Canada Sets a Course Toward Recovery
It’s hard to get too excited, but the Canadian border opening could be coming soon, and Air Canada is setting a course for recovery. It has made cuts to September and October which show an incremental 10 point improvement vs 2019 for each of the next four months. We’ll see if that ends up being possible or not.
Alaska Makes a Late Cut
Alaska made some late cuts for July considering it’s.. already July. The airline’s biggest markets lost anywhere from 2 to 42 flights in the month. Why did this happen? It could be demand or it could be an operational issue. I’d bet on the latter.
Further out, Alaska filed some changes ot its winter schedule. Bozeman is in with flights to San Diego and San Francisco. Jackson Hole will get San Francisco, but it will not have a San Jose flight as previously planned. San Jose also loses Redmond/Bend. Missoula has it even worse. It will lose Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose for good.
There are shorter term cuts to markets that won’t operate through the end of the year. Paine Field continues to suffer. It won’t have Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, or San Jose. Portland (OR) also loses with flights cut to Dallas/Love, Eugene, Omaha, and Vancouver.
Allegiant’s New Flights
As announced, Allegiant filed 23 new routes this week, including its first flights into Amarillo, Melbourne (FL), Minneapolis/St Paul, and Washington/Dulles along with big Austin growth.
American Goes Big in Miami
American is not messing around in Miami. With all kinds of newcomers making waves, American is responding widely with a comprehensive growth plan. Here’s what happens.
- New routes to Albany, Burlington, Chetumal (Mexico), Madison, Salt Lake City, San Andres Island (Colombia), Syracuse, and Tulsa. (Chetumal, by the way, I had to look up. It’s on the border with Belize. Meanwhile San Andres Island may be Colombian, but it’s way closer to the coast of Nicaragua.)
- One additional daily frequency (unless noted) to Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Guatemala City, Jacksonville (+2), Nashville (+2), New Orleans, Orlando (+4), Raleigh/Durham, San Jose (CR), San Juan, San Pedro Sula, Santo Domingo (+2), and Tampa (+3).
- Flights will be upgauged to larger aircraft to Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Minneapolis/St Paul, Pensacola, Pittsburgh, St Louis, San Antonio, and Tallahassee.
In non-Miami news, American has officially given up on flying to New Zealand this winter. All flights have been pulled to both Auckland and Christchurch.
There are a couple new adds including Philly – Kingston and Washington/National – Tulsa. Lastly, LaGuardia gets more flights to Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Indianapolis.
Delta Has No Single Cabin Aircraft in New York
This week, Delta pulled the last of its single cabin regional jets from JFK. It also removed several A319s. Both will be replaced by CRJ-900s and Embraer 175s.
Delta further updated winter schedules with Atlanta – Aspen getting new flights while Jackson Hole goes as well. The latter is cut back in favor of Los Angeles and Seattle. Atlanta – Reno will disappear. Bozeman gets LA and Seattle while Steamboat Springs will connect to Minneapolis/St Paul. Sun Valley will get an LA flight.
Delta also took a bite out of some European routes this winter. Amsterdam – Detroit and Minneapolis/St Paul each lose a daily flight. Paris – Cincinnati goes from 1x daily to 3x weekly while Paris – Raleigh/Durham and Salt Lake each go from 1x daily to 4x weekly.
Frontier Files New Vegas Flying
Frontier added new flights from Las Vegas to Bloomington/Normal, Madison, Memphis, Northwest Arkansas, and Tucson.
Hawaiian Sets September
Hawaiian has pulled down interisland flying a bit in September in order to have a more flyable schedule as it has done with previous months.
Spirit’s Miami Flights are Loaded
The news was put out there awhile ago, but Spirit has now officially filed its Miami flights.
United Adds Manchester
United will start flying from Newark to Manchester (NH). You hear that, Spirit? United is coming for you.
The airline also gave a haircut in September and into early October. These routes won’t operate: Denver – Tokyo/Narita; Honolulu – Tokyo/Narita; Houston – Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo/Narita; Los Angeles – Melbourne and Tokyo/Haneda; Newark – Lima, Shanghai, and Tokyo/Haneda; San Francisco – Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo/Haneda; and finally, Washington/Dulles – Sao Paulo.
- Breeze is upgauging New Orleans – Akron/Canton, Columbus, Louisville, and Richmond to the Embraer 195.
- British Airways has now officially given up on summer in light of the UK still not loosening restrictions. It has extended its pandemic schedule through August.
- Copa won’t fly to Denver, Las Vegas, and New Orleans through the fall. It will cut frequency to Boston, Chicago/O’Hare, and Los Angeles. It will add frequency to Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and New York/JFK. Miami incredibly goes from 6x daily to 9x daily.
- EVA is going to fly Taipei – Guam 1x weekly in July.
- Korean won’t fly to Honolulu in August and neither will Asiana, but Asiana also won’t fly there in September.
- Lufthansa won’t fly to Austin in August.
- Southern Airways Express has given up on plans to fly rich people from Bridgeport (CT) to New York City’s seaport for the rest of the summer.
- Sun Country filed flights from Minneapolis/St Paul to Asheville and West Palm Beach within hours of Allegiant announcing the same. Sun Country also moved up the start for Punta Gorda flights from December to October and doubled frequency.
- Swoop has filed its winter schedule from Canada. In the US, it will serve Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, San Diego, and St Pete.
That’s all for this week. Stay tuned for next week’s exciting episode of Skeds of air Lines. For those who want more, subscribe to Cranky Network Weekly. This week we feature:
- Spirit Enters Miami…
- …American Takes Miami Up a Notch
- Alaska Does a Late July Pulldown
- Sun Country and Allegiant Skirmish in MSP
- Air Canada Sets a Plan for Recovery