I’m backlogged on a few things I wanted to share, so I’m going to compile them all in a bunch of short tidbits for you here:
– These 2 horny morons were caught repeatedly engaged in unsuitable acts aboard an Allegiant flight and, upon landing in Las Vegas, were charged with a felony. They also didn’t pre-pay Allegiant’s $7 per person mid-air sex fee, so it’ll be $9 per person.
– Speaking of Allegiant, they’ll be flying outside their comfort zone when they launch new service to Islip (Long Island) and Newburgh, NY, among other cities this fall. Islip gets nonstop service to Punta Gorda, Fl, while Newburgh gets flights to St Petersburg-Clearwater. No word on when they’ll cancel those flights yet. Allegiant (smartly) has no issue with launching flights and ending them if they don’t work. Fans (?) of the late-great (great?) Skybus will note that Allegiant is not only launching service to Newburgh, a former Skybus stronghold (stronghold?), they’re also launching a flight to Portsmouth, NH, (to Orlando-Sanford), another city formerly served by Skybus. This is Allegiant’s first real push into the Northeast, and they’re happy to go to markets where even Spirit won’t delve (hi, St. Cloud, Minnesota).
– Speaking of Spirit, Spirit Airlines is launching nonstop once daily Dservice from Minneapolis to LA, Orlando, Phoenix and Tampa. This is an interesting move – this isn’t exactly like their move into Houston and Dallas since they’re trying non-leisure destinations from those cities. And they aren’t exactly shying away from competition either – Southwest flies from Minneapolis to Phoenix. Phoenix is also served by both Delta and United, and fares are already pretty cheap. Sun Country flies to LA and Orlando, though I’m pretty sure Spirit isn’t too worried about them. Delta has a monopoly to Tampa. If Spirit can make this work – fly from a sizable city to 5-10 leisure destinations, they can grow really quickly. There’s much more opportunity doing that than there is in flying Latrobe-Myrtle Beach.
– Delta is canceling its 3-year-old Seattle-Osaka route effective November 4th.