The US Government spent plenty of time in recent months chiding airlines for scheduling flights they ultimately did not have the staff to operate. Now the FAA now admits that it, too, has staffing issues, and it needs help from the airlines.
American Airlines plans a revamp of the marketing for its high frequency, business-focused routes in 2022. Along with shedding the “American Shuttle” branding, the carrier will expand what it considers high-frequency business markets and add a new fare type, dubbed Main Select.
So long, Gate 35X. We won’t miss you at all.
With its Northeast Alliance (NEA) approved, JetBlue and American Airlines are pushing quickly towards implementation of coordinated operations in the New York City and Boston markets. In earnings calls last week both companies spoke to the potential opportunities the relationship brings.
JetBlue will further consolidate operations in April, The move will see service suspended at eight stations and even larger cuts to capacity than previously planned. There is some good news, however, with domestic re-protect options coming online.
What does it take to claim a “Shuttle” service between two airports? Is it hourly service throughout the day? Is it more flexible fees and policies? Is it improved catering on board? For United Airlines and the new “shuttle-like” service between Newark and Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA) the answer might surprise you.
ANother route map shuffle is underway for JetBlue, with an unexpected route added in the Caribbean, a cross-town shift in Texas and a couple stations closing elsewhere in the network.
Shuttle flights means hourly service and JetBlue is upping its game. The carrier will soon offer near-hourly flights from its Boston focus city to both Washington, DC and New York City.
When politics are tightly intertwined in the operations of airports then perhaps it should not be surprising when the airport operators get political. In Washington, DC that takes the form of objecting to a proposed exemption to the perimeter rule at Reagan National (DCA). But does the logic hold up??
Alaska Airlines is pulling the plug on Virgin America’s mid-continent hub at Dallas’s Love Field; routes to NYC’s LaGuardia and Wasington, DC’s Reagan National are being slashed later this year.