American Airlines Tries New Israel, Suriname Routes
- American Airlines is beginning to roll out its summer schedule, and it’s already sporting a leisure focus from the 2020 playbook. The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier is adding new routes from four of its hubs to Caribbean and Mexican beaches, domestic outdoor-oriented destinations, and as far afield as Israel.
Miami lands a new thrice-weekly nonstop to Tel Aviv on a Boeing 777-200 from June 4. A day later, American connects its South Florida hub with seasonal Saturday-only flights to both Little Rock and Portland, Maine, from June 5 through August 16. And on July 1, it will add new five-times weekly service to Paramaribo, Suriname.
Up the coast, new seasonal service between Charlotte and Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, and Reno, Nev., begins June 3; and Samana, Dominican Republic, begins June 5. The Marsh Harbour and Samana flights operate through August, and the Reno flight through September.
And at the center of American’s universe, Dallas/Fort Worth, gains nonstops to Merida, Mexico, St. Lucia, and St. Maarten. The same day, the airline launches new Los Angeles-Cancun service. All of the routes operate seasonally on Saturdays from June 5 through August 14.
- Reeling from new Covid-19 travel restrictions from the Canadian government, Air Canada is suspending 17 routes and 11 destinations for an indefinite period beginning later in February. The carrier will temporarily end all flights to Bogota, Boston, Denver, Dublin, Fort Myers, New York LaGuardia, São Paulo Guarulhos, Seattle-Tacoma, Tel Aviv, Tokyo Narita and Washington Reagan National.
- Fresh off its forecast of potentially double-digit growth this year compared to 2019, Allegiant Air has unveiled 25 new routes beginning this summer. The new nonstops include Appleton to Savannah; Austin to Bozeman and Northwest Arkansas; Bangor to Fort Lauderdale; Boston to Norfolk and Indianapolis; Bozeman to Oakland and San Diego; Cincinnati to Key West; Clarksburg, W. Va., to Chicago Midway and Destin-Fort Walton Beach; Concord, N.C., to Sarasota-Bradenton; Des Moines — a new base for the airline — Houston Hobby, Portland, Ore., and San Diego; Destin-Fort Walton Beach to Asheville and St. Cloud; Houston Hobby to Springfield/Branson and Lexington; Little Rock to St. Petersburg-Clearwater; Los Angeles to Omaha, Rapid City and Shreveport; Nashville to Albany, Boise, McAllen and Portsmouth; Portland, Ore., to Billing, Grand Rapids and Missoula; and San Diego to Kalispell, Pasco and Phoenix-Mesa. The new routes begin between May 7 and July 2.
- California or bust? Delta Air Lines will add two routes from its Los Angeles hub in April. The Atlanta-based carrier will begin twice-daily flights to Houston Bush Intercontinental, and thrice-daily service to Oakland on April 12. Los Angeles-Houston is a new route for Delta, whereas it previously flew Los Angeles-Oakland until 2018.
- Canadian flyers need not fear Air Canada’s suspensions, discounter Flair Airlines will add eight new destinations across the country between May and August. Flights to Halifax, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa and Saint John begin May 1; Charlottetown and Thunder Bay in June; Victoria in July; and Abbotsford in August.
- SAS is adding several Mediterranean routes this summer. The airline will connect Stockholm and Barcelona from March 26; and Copenhagen and Larnaca, and Oslo and Faro a day later. The routes will operate on a less than daily basis.
- Aloha! United Airlines will add a new route to Hawaii, taking a stab at the Orange County-Honolulu market beginning in May. The carrier will offer a daily flight with a Boeing 737-700 on the route from May 6. Fun fact, Continental Airlines that merged with United in 2010 flew the route from 2010-2012.
- European discounter Wizz Air will open its 41st base in Sarajevo in May. The Budapest-based airline will launch nine new routes from the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Copenhagen and Dortmund flights begin May 20; Basel-Mulhouse, Brussels Charleroi, London Luton and Memmingen on May 21; Gothenburg and Paris Beauvais on May 22; and Eindhoven on May 23. Wizz will base one Airbus A320 in Sarajevo.