Small ball is dead, at least this week. The residents of Airlineville have reverted to big, sweeping changes to their fall plans. The Cirium data shows the Eagle, the Heart, the Taxi, and the Globe all visited the town clairvoyant and decided to adjust their plans based on what the crystal ball said.
This week, Mr Windy (that’d be Breeze) decided it was time to make some changes. As a new resident, he was hesitant to change anything, but the time has come.
All this and more this week. Like sands through the hourglass, so are the skeds of air lines.
Air Canada Ramps Up For the Open US Borders
Air Canada is ready for the US border to open, at least one way, and it is bumping up service starting in August to United hubs in Denver, Los Angeles, and Washington/Dulles… plus New York/LaGuardia. The airline is also resuming service to Nashville. Las Vegas service, however, is gone in August.
Also, it looks like Air Canada Rouge A321s will drop down from 200 to 196 seats, unless this was some kind of mistake. That’s still a whole lot of seats to squeeze on an A321.
Alaska Does Some Housekeeping
Alaska didn’t do much this week, but it did bring Portland (OR) – Billings and Missoula along with San Diego – Orlando down from 2x to 1x daily each.
American Takes Down October, Builds Mexico
American brought down its October schedule by just over 14 percent this week. This is now down 13 percent vs 2019 which would be a sizable jump from being down 20 percent in September.
American also built up Mexico again. DFW will get a third daily flight to Chihuahua, a new nonstop to Hermosillo, and a weekly flight this winter to Manzanillo. Meanwhile, both Monterrey and Oaxaca get upgauged from regional aircraft to A319s.
In the Caribbean, Miami will get Anguilla and Dominica. Miami will lose Manaus for good. Also, the airline is hoping nobody knows what the weather in Bermuda is like in the winter, because it’s extending Charlotte service year-round.
It’s been said that almost anything works out of Charlotte. Apparently that’s an exaggeration since Champaign/Urbana (IL) and Toledo are losing their Charlotte flights.
Breeze Pads Blocks, Cuts Schedule
Breeze filed changes to cut 13 routes down from 4x to 2x weekly. Charleston – Columbus, Louisville, and Richmond along with Norfolk – Pittsburgh, and San Antonio – Tulsa will only operate Friday/Monday and not on Thursday/Sunday. Meanwhile, Huntsville – Charleston, New Orleans, and Tampa will only operate Thursday/Sunday and not on Friday/Monday. That’s also the case for Charleston – Norfolk and Pittsburgh, San Antonio – Northwest Arkansas and Oklahoma City, and Columbus – Norfolk. It has also boosted block times by 5 minutes. I’ll have more on this tomorrow.
Delta Shuffles Gauge
Delta took down some more capacity in September, and it shifted aircraft types around with the move. There wasn’t anything overly significant here that I could find, though Atlanta – Montrose will operate this winter. On the other hand, LA to Shanghai won’t operate through the winter season at all.
JetBlue Files New Flights
JetBlue announced this week that it would start selling new routes from JFK and LaGuardia. Those were loaded this week. It includes Boston – Kansas City, Milwaukee, and San Antonio; JFK – Kansas City, Milwaukee, Puerto Vallarta, and San Antonio; and LaGuardia – Jacksonville, Nashville, New Orleans, Sarasota, and Savannah.
Southwest Works on September
Southwest has finalized its September schedule, bringing it down 11 percent this week. The airline really focused on sculpting a different schedule by day-of-week. Before this cut it was a flatter schedule.
Spirit Puts September and October Into Action
Spirit cut September and October this week, but you wouldn’t know it from comparing numbers. September was down nearly 17 percent while October was down a bit more than that. But still, Spirit is up 14 percent vs 2019 in September and 23 percent in October. There are a lot of airplanes coming into the fleet.
United Trims October
United brought October down an extra 6+ percent. It’s now down 20 percent vs 2019. There were some cuts that went beyond October, however. Newark – Edinburgh won’t operate this winter. And it looks like Chicago/O’Hare – Rochester (MN) is gone for good. On the other hand, Washington/Dulles – Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach will start up in December.
- Aer Lingus won’t operate Shannon – Boston or JFK through the rest of the summer season (end of October).
- Air France won’t fly from LA to Tahiti in September. Air Tahiti Nui pulled back its schedule as well.
- British Airways is now rolling its pandemic schedule in shorter time increments. This week it made cuts for a two week period from August 23 through September 5.
- Eastern is canceling its flights to Belo Horizonte from Boston and to Quito from both Miami and New York/JFK before any of them started.
That’s all for this week. Stay tuned for next week’s exciting episode of Skeds of air Lines. And if you can’t wait, subscribe to Cranky Network Weekly where this week we cover:
- Miami and LaGuardia Win American’s October
- Southwest Goes Deep On Day of Week
- Breeze Slows Down
- Spirit Won’t Let a Pandemic Slow It Down Long
- The Shifting Mexican Market