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LCCs in Expansion Mode (Relatively)

Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. confirmed the hopes of America’s low-cost carriers: That leisure demand is in fact bouncing back significantly. In response, Frontier is getting itself back into expansion mode. To be clear, it’s still just operating a...

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Volotea to Add 40 Routes

Here’s a rare bit of bright news in the category of network expansion. Volotea announced it is adding 40 routes this summer, including dozens of city pairs involving France, Italy, Spain, and Greece. It’s more specifically launching 15 routes in...

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Green Shoots Emerge, and Carriers Add Cargo Flights

There’s some welcome news on the network front as carriers begin building back their schedules for the upcoming summer. Lufthansa, Eurowings, and Swiss will have 106 destinations in Germany and Europe opened again by the end of June, not to...

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Virgin Atlantic Pulls Down Gatwick, and Wizz Presses Ahead With Gulf Venture

Every airline in the world is restructuring. They’re slashing costs, changing their fleet plans, negotiating with stakeholders… but few are announcing any changes to their networks; that will come later for most airlines, after they start flying again in earnest....

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Despite Pandemic, Wizz Air Adds Base

In a rare example of an airline announcing new route expansion in these difficult times, Wizz Air says it’s opening a new base in Lviv, a Ukrainian city. It will base an A320 there in July, signaling expectations of a...

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Emirates, Air Arabia Plow Ahead With New LCC

Even in these darkest of times, Air Arabia and Etihad are moving ahead with plans for a new Abu Dhabi-based LCC. Air Arabia Abu Dhabi received its operating license last week, though it didn’t give a launch date. That will...

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JetBlue, Spirit File to Drop Cities

Airlines taking U.S. government funds provided through the CARES Act are required to maintain air service to the cities they served before cutting schedules due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Transportation Department this week clarified its rules on the minimum number of...

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American Delays Route Launches

At this point, even if demand does bounce back surprisingly quickly, making money during the peak summer season is becoming a lost cause. That’s because many people should be booking their summer trips now, but they’re not. Recognizing this, American...

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Airlines Slash Networks

On Friday, American’s CEO and COO sent a letter to employees outlining another round of capacity cuts on top of those announced earlier in the week. Many of the new reductions involve continental Europe, in reaction to the Schengen Area...

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Volotea Expands in Spain

Volotea is quietly operating under the radar, a European carrier focusing mostly on smaller cities that larger carriers ignore. Its latest move involves Spain, where it pledges to open two to four new bases next year. Why Spain? Because of...

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Former Partners Assume Jet’s Routes

Jet Airways is gone. So its partners are picking up some of the demand it left behind. Virgin Atlantic is one such partner. In October, it will launch new nonstops from Manchester to Delhi, to go along with the Delhi...

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Qantas Trims Capacity

With demand conditions weakening amid the Covid-19 shock, Qantas is proactively removing capacity from across its network. Naturally, Asia is the focus of its cuts, with mainline international flying (in ASK terms) reduced by 16% until at least the end...

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