Aviation Is Recovering - Airlines Announce 80+ New Routes

Several airlines have announced a total of 60+ new routes today.



After weeks void of positive news and new route announcements, today’s finally the day.

In the past week, airlines saw a gradual increase in the amount of people flying. Despite COVID-19, airlines are not only beginning resume destinations, but they’re also announcing dozens of new routes for the rest of 2020.

Today on May 28, 2020, Frontier, Southwest Airlines, and Wizz Air have announced massive expansions, along with CSA Czech Airlines’ one new route.


Southwest Airlines - 11 New Routes:

From Atlanta (ATL):

  • Louisville (SDF) - 3x daily
  • Oklahoma City (OKC) - 3x daily
  • Omaha (OMA) - 3x daily

From Austin (AUS):

  • Long Beach (LGB) - 1x daily

From Denver (DEN):

  • Birmingham (BHM) - 1x daily
  • Little Rock (LIT) - 1x daily
  • Wichita (ICT) - 1x daily

From Houston Hobby (HOU):

  • Ontario, California (ONT) - 6x weekly

From Nashville (BNA):

  • Orange County (SNA) - 6x weekly

From Phoenix (PHX):

  • Long Beach - 3x daily
  • Memphis (MEM) - 1x daily

These routes will begin in November/December 2020.

Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer:

“Never before has Southwest been more primed to emerge as the preferred choice of corporate travel as the business climate across America begins its recovery.”



Frontier Airlines - 18 New Routes:

From Boston (BOS):

  • Fort Meyers (RSW) - 4x weekly
  • Tampa (TPA) - 3x weekly

From Chicago (ORD):

  • Pensacola (PNS) - 1x weekly
  • Fort Meyers - 4x weekly
  • Tampa (TPA) - 3x weekly

From Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW):

  • Miami (MIA) - 4x weekly

From Long Island (ISP):

  • Palm Beach (PBI) - 4x weekly
  • Fort Meyers - 4x weekly

From Los Angeles (LAX):

  • Orlando (MCO) - Daily

From Newark (EWR):

  • Myrtle Beach (MYR) - 3x weekly
  • Palm Beach - 3x weekly
  • Fort Meyers - 3x weekly

From Philadelphia:

  • Myrtle Beach - 2x weekly
  • Palm Beach - 2x weekly

From Sarasota (SRQ):

  • Cleveland (CLE) - 1x weekly
  • Chicago (ORD) - 1x weekly
  • Cincinnati (CVG) - 1x weekly
  • Philadelphia (PHL) - 1x weekly

SRQ-PHL/CLE and ISP-RSW begin this June while the rest begin in July 2020.



Wizz Air - 55 New Routes:

That’s right. 55 new routes with most set to begin in the next three months, as well as opening three new airport bases:

From Larnaca (LCA) - New Base:

  • Athens (ATH) - 1x daily
  • Billund (BLL) - 2x weekly
  • Copenhagen (CPH) - 3x weekly
  • Dortmund (DTM) - 3x weekly
  • Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (FKB) - 2x weekly
  • Memmingen (FMM) - 3x weekly
  • Salzburg (SZG) - 2x weekly
  • Suceava (SVC) - 2x weekly
  • Thessaloniki (SKG) - 1x daily
  • Turku (TKU) - 2x weekly
  • Wroclaw (WRO) - 2x weekly

From London Luton (LTN):

  • Fuerteventura (FUE) - 2x weekly
  • Lanzarote (ACE) - 2x weekly
  • Malaga (AGP) - 1x daily
  • Palma (PMI) - 5x weekly

From Milan (MXP) - New Base:

  • Athens (ATH) -1x daily
  • Corfu (CFU) - 4x weekly
  • Eindhoven (EIN) - 1x daily
  • Fuerteventura (FUE) - 2x weekly
  • Gran Canaria (LPA) - 2x weekly
  • Lisbon (LIS) - 1x daily
  • London Luton (LTN) - 1x daily
  • Marrakesh (RAK) - 4x weekly
  • Menorca (MAH) - 1x daily
  • Porto (OPO) - 5x weekly
  • Pristina (PRN) - 3x weekly
  • Reykjavik (KEF) - 3x weekly
  • Rhodes (RHO) - 3x weekly
  • Santorini (JTR) - 5x weekly
  • Tallinn (TLL) - 2x weekly
  • Tel Aviv (TLV) - 1x daily
  • Thessaloniki (SKG) - 4x weekly
  • Tenerife (TFS) - 3x weekly
  • Valencia (VLC) - 1x daily
  • Zakynthos (ZTH) - 3x weekly

All routes except LTN-ACE will begin in July/August 2020.

Update 5/29/20: Wizz Air announces 20 more routes bringing the total to 55:

From Salzburg (SZG):

  • Kyiv Zhulyany (IEV)
  • Belgrade (BEG)
  • Bucharest (OTP)
  • Tuzla (TZL)
  • Skopje (SKP)

All 2x weekly set to begin in July.

From Tirana (TIA) - New Base:

  • Bari (BRI) - 4x weekly
  • Basel (BSL) - 2x weekly
  • Paris-Beauvais (BVA) - 3x weekly
  • Berlin Schoenefeld (SXF) - 3x weekly
  • Brussels Charleroi (CRL) - 2x weekly and increases to 4x weekly
  • Catania (CTA) - 3x weekly
  • Eindhoven (EIN) - 3x weekly
  • Hahn (HHN) - 3x weekly
  • Hamburg (HAM) - 2x weekly
  • Heraklion (HER) - 2x weekly
  • Karlsruhe (FKB) - 2x weekly
  • Milan Malpensa (MXP) - 1x daily
  • Prague (PRG) - 2x weekly
  • Rhodes (RHO) - 2x weekly
  • Turin (TRN) - 4x weekly

All begin in July 2020.


CSA Czech Airlines:

  • Prague to London - 1x daily, begins June 25

American Airlines:

This one came out of nowhere. In the past week, American opened reservation for a Saturday-only nonstop fight from Boston to Jackson Hole on the A319, set to begin in December. This is a rather surprising move and shows American hasn’t given up on Boston, of all places.


Sources/Images

Announcements:
Frontier: https://news.flyfrontier.com/frontier-airlines-announces-18-new-nonstop-routes-for-summer-2020/
CSA: https://www.smartwings.com/smartwings-group-obnovuji-dalsi-letecka-spojeni-nejen-do-stredomori-novinkou-je-pravidelna-linka-csa-na-heathrow

Wizz Air:
https://www.financialmirror.com/2020/05/28/wizz-air-opens-11-new-routes-with-base-at-larnaca-airport/
https://www.fly4free.com/flight-deals/europe/wizz-air-announces-a-new-base-in-larnaca-2/
https://airlinergs.com/wizz-air-announces-new-holiday-routes-from-london-luton/
https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/wizz-air/wizz-air-to-open-base-in-salzburg-austria-with-six-new-routes/
https://twitter.com/wizzair

Southwest: https://www.swamedia.com/releases/release-6574be9e1de1ccd6be82c574d7a8ce01-southwest-airlines-extends-published-flight-schedule-through-jan-4-2021

More: https://twitter.com/SeanM1997

Images:
Southwest: https://www.airliners.net/photo/Southwest-Airlines/Boeing-737-8-MAX/5915307/L
Frontier: https://www.airliners.net/photo/Frontier-Airlines/Airbus-A320-251N/4217531/L
Wizz: https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9584403

Took a while to type but there it is. 86 new routes planned this week, with 65 of them announced May 28 and 20 routes on May 29. There’s probably some more new routes out there that I missed, but either way, this shows a strong recovery for the aviation industry.

You may have noticed the common theme. One, it’s summer time and these carriers are anticipating that more people will fly again. Specifically, these are low-cost carriers (except AA and CSA) adding more routes. This massive expansion is actually smart. By adding flights while others are reducing capacity, these low-cost airlines can capture market share for the future.

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Those are great news!!

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Yess!!! this is super good

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Finally some good news!

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Are these all returning routes? Because I’m surprised they would make new routes before they have solid plans to return to some routes…

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@snoman 😲

So great to see the OC Area - in particular KLGB - getting some love! jetBlue’s removal of a lot of LGB routes has certainly paved the way for airlines such as Southwest! Interesting that now, Southwest and jetBlue both have Long Beach to Austin nonstops.

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Nope, a majority of these are completely new and they’re starting on top of resumptions. Some of Frontier’s are resumptions of routes that were cut way before COVID-19, because that’s what they typically do.

For Southwest, ATL-OKC/SDF were cut in 2016 and 2014 respectively, but now they’re back.

All of Wizz Air’s routes seem to be completely new with the two base openings.

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This will be pretty nice, great news to hear!

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Boston seems to be a common theme… I’m not complaining!

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This is some great news, plus these are some new routs to try in Infinite Flight :)

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huh. Interesting. Not expected but not completely out of the blue considering SWA’s prescence in ATL.

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@Thunderbolt, go visit Nashville now… it’s an awesome place

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I’m sure it is. Nothing better than some country music, chicken wings, and a Predators game, am I right?

And…noodles?

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Yeah, unfortunately, skipped out on the Predators & chicken wings when I went there.

Still nice to see expansion… Warren Buffett is happy:

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That’s 👏 is 👏 amazing 👏

I want some. It seems the farming industry are getting fertilizers faster than ever.

😂

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Looks like United and Frontier won’t have a monopoly on this routes. This competition is growing here in Denver!
Surprised Frontier didn’t add any new routes from Denver.

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All of these times of low passenger numbers could’ve really shown airlines what airports really matter, and what routes people will fly even when demand is near 0!


June of 2020, or 21?
And were all of these routes originally scheduled, or are they straight out of the blue?

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I’m kinda disappointed that F9 didn’t launch anything from DEN this round. Oh well, maybe UA and them will boost their international game from there once this whole thing blows over.

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  1. And yes, SRQ-PHL/CLE will literally start next Saturday on June 6.

But the crazy thing - Frontier already increased fares on CLE-SRQ from $49 to $119, making it seem like the flight is nearly full.

And these routes are out of the blue. They didn’t exist before COVID-19, unless Frontier had some random dartboard route that was cut right before everything went down.

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Glad to see this. Could be useful for my travel tournaments for baseball

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