A few new route developments to mention:
- Cathay Pacific is adding a 4th daily frequency from LA to Hong Kong beginning June 2014, as well as adding 3 more weekly flights from Chicago (making a total of 10 per week). Sad that apparently there’s no inventory available up front for award tickets.
- United is adding San Francisco to Atlanta and LA to Minneapolis beginning April 2014. That would be a big FU to Delta (or to Sun Country…)
- American Airlines is dropping its daily JFK-Barbados service beginning January 15th, leaving 2 daily flights from Miami. JetBlue also flies 5x/weekly from JFK.
- JetBlue will launch Boston – Savannah nonstop service beginning in February, continuing their Boston expansion.
- You may remember this little story I wrote a bit ago about a US trade association trying to block 2 airlines from flying from JFK to Guyana. Caribbean Airlines and Fly Jamaica wanted the right to operate nonstop service from JFK directly to Georgetown, Guyana, since Delta has abandoned that route. If you thought it would make sense to let someone else have a go at it, turns out you would be wrong. The Department of Transportation said that those airlines’ 1-stop service would suffice and they won’t grant the approval. The DoT said the airlines “had not provided compelling evidence” that the flights would be in the public interest. Seems like nonstop service would always be in the public interest, but what do I know.