American Cites Pilots For 2 More Exits
- Ethiopian Airlines plans to expand its presence in the U.S. The airline will add frequencies between Washington Dulles and Lomé, Togo — a route it launched in June — by the end of the year with an aim of daily service in 2023, group CEO Mesfin Tasew Bekele said in Washington, D.C., earlier in September. In addition, Ethiopian has its eye on new service to Atlanta, and returning to Houston in the near future, he said. The carrier served Houston Bush for six months before suspending flights in May 2020 due to the pandemic. During the eight months ending in February, passenger numbers on Ethiopian’s U.S. flights were down just 7 percent from the same period ending in February 2020, Bureau of Transportation Statistics data via Diio by Cirium shows.
- More fun in Phoenix: Frontier Airlines is adding two more routes to the 10 it unveiled in August. The discounter will connect Sky Harbor to Cincinnati and Detroit from November 5. Frontier will compete with Spirit Airlines — its former merger partner — and Delta Air Lines on the Detroit route, and American Airlines and Southwest Airlines on both routes, Diio shows. Frontier will also open a new crew base in Phoenix in November.
- More pilot shortage route casualties in the U.S.: American will not resume nonstops between Dallas-Fort Worth and Hermosillo, Mexico, and Philadelphia and Newport News, Va., as planned in January, according to Diio and confirmed by the carrier. American is not ending service entirely to Hermosillo or Newport News, but the exits limit traveler options in both cities. What remains to be seen is how the addition of Air Wisconsin, and its pilots, to the American Eagle fleet beginning next March will mean for American’s regional network.
- Route tidbits: Ryanair will expand its new base in Newcastle, UK, with two new twice-weekly routes from the end of October: Barcelona and Cork. And across the Atlantic, WestJet‘s budget subsidiary Swoop will connect Hamilton, Ontario, with Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic weekly from January 11.