Sometimes, things start to feel the same week in and week out for the residents of Airlineville. As the Cirium data shows, the residents just keep cutting back on plans, and they’re doing it much further in advance.
This week alone, the Eskimo, Ms Blue, the Heart, and the Globe all pulled back not for Thanksgiving or the winter holidays, no. They’ve already decided they were going to do too much in 2022. Then there’s the Animal. That guy had a completely different idea.
All this and more this week. Like sands through the hourglass, so are the skeds of air lines.
Air Canada Makes Two Moves
It wasn’t a busy week for Air Canada, but the airline did make two moves worth mentioning. First, it extended its suspension of direct Canada – Hong Kong flights through year-end. Those will go via Incheon. Second, it is bringing back business-focused Toronto/City – Ottawa service later this month.
Alaska Cuts Into May
Alaska keeps going further and further out with its schedule. This week, it picked up by cutting the back half of March all the way into May, bringing those down as the airline has already done for previous months. April seat miles were down more than 15 percent. This now has March as flat vs 2019 while April is up 4 percent. In other news, the airline added Anchorage – Salt Lake flights for next summer.
American Works on the Caribbean
American made some (possibly) interesting swaps in the Caribbean this winter. The airline reduced frequency in Boston – Providenciales; DFW – St Thomas; Miami – Kingston, St Croix, St Kitts, Port-au-Prince (the latter of which is actually down through end of schedule); and New York/JFK – St Kitts while it increased frequency in Punta Cana from Charlotte, Miami, and Philly along with St Maarten from Miami.
Delta Does Minor Trimming
It was a very quiet week for Delta, though the most significant change was the suspension of Seattle – London now into March. Virgin Atlantic did the same, so that market must really be suffering. Separately it dropped Detroit – Amsterdam from as much as 2x daily down to 1x into March.
In bad news for you Durango-lovers, Delta has reversed those holiday additions from last week. It’s now back out of Durango entirely. And just for fun, it’s also out of West Yellowstone until May.
Frontier Goes Nuts Again
Another week, another chance for Frontier to add an absurd amount of capacity. This week it started after the holidays in Jan and went into March and a bit beyond. February capacity was up a mind-boggling 27.1 percent this week. Most of this looks like extensions from previous schedules that have already been spiked up, but there were some notable new routes in Cancun and Tampa. New routes are:
- Cancun – Baltimore, Boston, Columbus, Detroit, Minneapolis/St Paul, Raleigh/Durham
- Tampa – Bloomington/Normal, Columbus, Green Bay, New York/LaGuardia, Rochester
Hawaiian Brings November Down
While some airlines have begun pulling down further out, Hawaiian is only now pulling down its November international schedule. That’s not very far away. In more exciting news for the airline, it looks like Hawaiian is officially giving Austin a permanent 3rd weekly flight.
JetBlue Prunes Again
JetBlue decided to bring down December – February this week by another 2 to 3 percent points. December is now down 2 percent vs 2019 while January is up 8 percent and February 11 percent. No routes were cut entirely in this trim except for Fort Lauderdale – Portland (OR) which is now gone into February.
Southwest Takes a Little Off the Top
After a week of slumber, Southwest decided to take down post-holiday January and February about 2 percent. There didn’t seem to be any particular focal points in the cut, just a broad drawdown. The one route to disappear into February is Norfolk – San Diego which has to be for military reasons.
Spirit Adds in Manchester
Spirit started Manchester flights this week, so that means it also announced a new route from the airport. Myrtle Beach starts in April.
United Was Busy
United crowed about its big December schedule in a press release a few days ago, but it didn’t actually do much in December this week. January came down more than 8 percent with February close behind and even March getting in on the action. These routes are now gone through February.
- Chicago – Bend, Bismarck, Calgary, Eugene, Jackson, Ottawa, Pasco, Rapid City, San Jose, Vancouver, Wilmington (NC)
- Denver – Dayton, Edmonton, Santa Rosa
- Houston – Columbia (SC), Edmonton, Joplin, Vancouver
- Los Angeles – Madison
- Newark – Asheville, Berlin, Bangor, Halifax, Knoxville, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Quebec City
- San Francisco – Calgary, Northwest Arkansas, Oklahoma City, St Louis, Toronto
- Washington/Dulles – Lexington, Madison, Panama City (FL)
Also, San Francisco – Shanghai will now not happen through Feb with service remaining via Incheon. And Denver – Columbia (MO) is gone for good.
We also have new, or shall I say, returning routes this week. Cleveland will get both Las Vegas and Phoenix from December for the winter. Fort Myers will return with service to Columbus, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh. Indianapolis will get a new route to Orlando as well. It appears the Boston and LaGuardia to Florida service will not return.
- Aer Lingus is shaving 2x weekly off its current plans for 1x daily Dublin – Orlando service from March. Dublin – LA’s restart has been pushed into March. Seattle now won’t start until April, and when it does, it will be at 5x weekly instead of 1x daily.
- Aha! filed its schedules. I already wrote about that last week, but man, it’s weird seeing the EV code back from the dead.
- Air France is planning to resume Paris – Los Angeles – Papeete service in November after routing through Vancouver while the US border was closed. When it returns, however, it will be at 3x weekly instead of the previously-filed 5x.
- Air France also can’t decide how it feels about Miami. It will now bring back 1x weekly service from Miami to Port-au-Prince in November.
- Avelo pulled Burbank down to only 2 airplanes instead of 3 starting late in January. It also boosted New Haven flying post-holiday. Orlando will go from 5x weekly to 1x daily, Fort Myers goes from 2x weekly to 5x weekly, and Tampa goes from 3x weekly to 4x weekly.
- Jeju Air will be leaving the Incheon – Guam market this month.
- ITA is back in the US!. Alitalia may be dead for now, but its successor will start Rome – JFK in Nov followed by Boston and Miami in March. JFK – Milan also returns in March, and then the airline is making the bold statement that it will still exist in June when plans Rome – LA.
- Lufthansa already been selling Eurowings Discover long-haul flights under the LH code, but now it has finally transferred the flying to the Eurowings Discover 4Y code, something it said it would do back in July. This impacts all flights to Anchorage, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Tampa in the US.
- Philippine will move 1 of its 7 weekly SFO – Manila flights to Cebu.
- Qantas moved its restart of LAX into November as promised last week.
- Southern Air Express has extended/filed Nantucket service this winter to Lancaster, New Bedford, Norwood, and Providence.
- WestJet is going to cut back 2x weekly from its Halifax-Dublin route to bring it to 4x weekly next summer. That, however, will be complemented with new 1x daily service from Toronto to Dublin.
That’s all for this week. Stay tuned for next week’s exciting episode of Skeds of air Lines.