Happy Thursday! Almost at the weekend, hang on. Today, American Airlines and Spirit Airlines (in no partnership, they just happened to announce new routes at the same time) have introduced a significant amount of new routes. Read on to find out what they are!
American Airlines Beefs Up Austin
photo: American Airlines adds Boston, Silicon Valley flights from Austin
American Airlines has announced 10 new seasonal and year-round new routes from Austin, TX (KAUS). This is significant because American does not have an established focus city or hub at Austin. They currently fly from Austin to Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.
Beginning May 6, American will begin flying from Austin to Las Vegas, Nashville, New Orleans, and Orlando.
Beginning June-August, they will also start flying to Raleigh, Tampa, and Washington-Dulles.
The above flights will be year-round, ranging from 1x to 2x daily.
In June, American will begin nonstop, summer Saturday-only regional service to Aspen, Destin-Fort Walton Beach, and Los Cabos Mexico.
These are certainly some really interesting adds! As Austin is one of America’s fastest growing cities, with people and businesses flocking there in droves, these flights will please business and leisure travelers.
I’m wondering how/if Delta will retaliate, as Delta has been saying how they want to strengthen Austin into a focus city for them. I’m assuming Delta is not too happy with these adds.
Spirit Adds St. Louis and Pensacola
Spirit Airlines announced today that they will begin flying to St. Louis, MO (KSTL) and Pensacola, FL (KPNS).
Spirit will begin service at St. Louis on May 27th with flights to Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, and Pensacola. All of those flights will operate daily.
Spirit will begin service in Pensacola on June 10th with flights to Austin, Columbus, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Louisville, and St. Louis. Those flights will operate 3-4x weekly, with the exception of Dallas and St. Louis which will be daily. No word on whether or not these flights will be seasonal or year-round, so I’m assuming year-round.
These additions, and the many other additions by American carriers show that many people are getting vaccinated and/or are ready to fly again, and filling up the flights to go on those long-awaited vacations and trips.