Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) inaugurates new service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Baltimore today with Boeing 737 aircraft. The carrier is already serving the Seattle/Tacoma – Baltimore/Washington (BWI) market.
Summary of new service:
Start date City pair Departs Arrives Frequency
Sept 9 Los Angeles-Baltimore 10:10 p.m. 6:04 a.m. Daily
Sept 10 Baltimore-Los Angeles 7:25 a.m. 10:40 a.m. Daily
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-890 N529AS (msn 35198) taxies at the SEA hub.
JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced its intent to expand at Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, with twice daily service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The new non-stop route to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood will launch in November and seats will go out for sale with the upcoming November schedule release.
JetBlue also serves the Baltimore/Washington region with flights from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Dulles International Airports (IAD).
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N552JB (msn 1861) arrives in Las Vegas.
Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) is building up again its presence at Atlanta with nine new routes. The ultra low-fare airline just issued this statement:
Spirit Airlines continues its dramatic growth in 2015. Today the carrier known for its crazy low fares will add additional service to and from nine new cities from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Spirit is thrilled to announce the following new daily, nonstop routes from Atlanta:
Atlanta to Cleveland, Las Vegas, and Orlando beginning May 7, 2015
Atlanta to Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Tampa beginning June 18, 2015
Atlanta to Los Angeles beginning August 20, 2015
Atlanta to Boston and Fort Myers beginning September 10, 2015
With these additional routes, Spirit Airlines will operate nonstop flights from Atlanta to 15 cities. Current routes from Atlanta include: Atlantic City, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, and Houston.
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-132 N503NK (msn 2470) arrives in Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood.
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Frontier Airlines (2nd) (Denver) has announced that it has selected the $108.75 million Republic Airways auction bid over the larger $170+ million Southwest Airlines bid. The differences were labor issues and Republic also agreed to waive the $150 million claim it has against Republic in the bankruptcy court. Republic has previously stated it would retain Frontier’s unique brand while Southwest planned to eventually merge the two airlines and replace the Airbus fleet with Boeing 737s.
Meanwhile Southwest pledged to remain in the Denver market (and will probably now add more routes). Southwest also was unwilling to proceed without a labor agreement between its SWAPA pilots union and Frontier’s FAPA pilots union. The two unions were unable to reach a tentative agreement before the August 13 auction.