Summer has now officially arrived here in Airlineville — at least from a travel perspective. It looks like many of the residents took the weekend off and headed to the beach. But not everyone was ready to enjoy.
The Widget flooded Cirium data with even more reductions to its summer plans. The cuts were all over, but in a surprise, those Italian vacation plans were hit particularly hard.
The Taxi has finally made some plans for the winter, oh, and that airline with Moxy filed schedules for the first time.
All this and more this week. Like sands through the hourglass, so are the skeds of air lines.
Air Canada Takes July Down Gradually
Air Canada has brought July down another 28 percent, but hey, it’s down only 73 percent vs 2019. For Canada, that’s downright optimistic. It’s putting bigger airplanes on Athens, but it cut pretty much everywhere else. Calgary and Montreal – London along with Toronto – Munich and Paris won’t fly through July, Toronto – Amsterdam won’t fly through August, and Vancouver – Frankfurt along with Toronto – Keflavik won’t fly through October. Good news for Castlegar, which is apparently a city. They’ll get flights to Vancouver this summer. But Vancouver – Halifax and Ottawa – Victoria apparently didn’t do well, because they’re gone.
Alaska Adds Belize
It was announced by press release, but this week Alaska filed its plans for Belize service from both Los Angeles and Seattle beginning in November. Maybe more interesting, however, is that Alaska won’t fly LA to Kona or Lihu’e this fall, both routes recently announced by Southwest. It also won’t fly to Orlando from San Francisco through the fall. (And by fall, I mean through mid-November.)
American Falls Asleep
It was a very quiet week for American. A handful of summer routes got extended through the fall including Chicago – Asheville, Myrtle Beach, and Pensacola along with Washington/National – Fort Myers which goes through the winter but that’s about it.
Delta Cuts Again
Delta took another 2 to 3 percent out of its summer schedule. In July, it’s now down more than 31 percent vs 2019. That’s lower than even perenially-conservative United. Delta also reversed all those Italy adds from last week, apparently thinking it was perhaps a bit too bullish on demand. Interestingly, Delta pulled back flights to Fort Myers from both Detroit and Minneapolis/St Paul. Sun Country must be happy.
There was some growth through the fall and winter with 1 extra daily flight in Atlanta – Albuquerque, Austin, and Monterrey; Los Angeles – Mexico City; New York/JFK – West Palm Beach; and Salt Lake – Austin.
Hawaiian Delays Papeete Again
Hawaiian didn’t do much this week, but it did remove Papeete from the July schedule. That will come back someday, but probably not until it’s easier for people to visit Honolulu from Papeete.
JetBlue Brings Back The Worst Market
JetBlue is going back to Worcester after it and every other airline pulled out during the pandemic. It wasn’t a good market before the pandemic, but now JFK service starts again in August with Fort Lauderdale coming online in October. I just assume this is being done to curry favor with Massport for something JetBlue wants in Boston. It’s a small price to pay.
Southwest Bulks Up July
As it’s wont to do, Southwest added back several lines of flying in July. This bumped up capacity about 2 and a half percent for the month.
Spirit Stretches Into 2022
Spirit has extended its schedule from mid-November through mid-February. This includes new routes from Louisville and St Louis down to Florida and Arizona.
United Reduces First Class
Next year, United has reduced its First Class capacity on 737-800/900 flights outside of the continental US and Canada. The 737-800s are selling only 12 seats instead of 16 while the 737-900s are selling only 16 instead of 20. This looks like a way to keep capacity lower so they can swap out airplanes if demand warrants closer to travel.
- Air Transat has added Montreal to Fort Myers and Miami into its winter schedule.
- Alitalia won’t fly Boston – Rome or JFK – Milan in July despite the reopening of Italy.
- Breeze filed its schedules with Cirium this week. We covered this in great detail for subscribers in Cranky Network Weekly this week.
- Boutique is pulling down Portland – Bend from 2x daily to 1x. Meanwhile, Phoenix – Prescott disappears in June.
- China Eastern has finally pulled down its summer flying to the US through August. It will only fly the 2x weekly JFK – Shanghai flight through then.
- Contour is out of St Louis – Ft Leonard Wood in October and Nashville – Tupelo starting in November.
- Copa is actually growing again. Panama City to Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Orlando all will get a 2nd daily this summer. Washington/Dulles gets an additional 4x weekly.
- Denver Air Connection will now NOT be connecting Denver to Alliance (NE) or Telluride from November.
- Were you going to fly on Eastern from Boston to Belo Horizonte this summer? Not anymore, the summer was canceled, but it was loaded as a winter flight now. New York/JFK and Miami to Quito along with Miami to Montevideo are also filed for winter, but will they operate? That’s always the question with Eastern.
- Korean will drop Atlanta – Incheon down from a 747-8 to a 787-9 starting in August.
- Lufthansa won’t bring Austin – Frankfurt back in July as previously planned.
- Qantas has pulled all US flying until mid-December.
- Tradewind will be flying the rich person express from Westchester to Newport (RI) this summer.
- Turkish will bring Boston – Istanbul back up to daily starting in July.
- Swoop, WestJet’s ULCC, filed its winter schedule to the US. It will fly Edmonton – Las Vegas, Orange County, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, San Diego; Hamiilton – Orlando/Sanford, St Petersburg (FL); Toronto – Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, St Petersburg; and Winnipeg – Phoenix/Mesa. Those all look like pure leisure routes except for the Orange County flight.
That’s it for this week’s episode. Stay tuned next week for more Skeds of air Lines. If you’re looking for a more in-depth review, subscribe to Cranky Network Weekly. This week, we cover:
- A Detailed Look at Breeze’s Schedule
- Delta’s Recovery Falls Flat
- Air Canada Cuts On a Curve
- Delta Reverses Course in Italy
- New St Louis Flights Show Spirit’s Focus