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A Southwest 737-800 takes off in Los Angeles. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Southwest Releases Schedule For Service To Fresno, Santa Barbara

The prolonged COVID-19 catastrophe has proven to be a daunting obstacle for the airline industry, one that has forced airlines to question their traditional methods for operating and marketing flight routes through their fortified hubs. As a result, major U.S. carriers have had to make tough decisions on where to allocate their resources for profitable flight operations while making cuts where necessary. Those difficult choices, however, have opened up new possibilities to serve new cities and accomplish milestones. Southwest Airlines…

Hawaiian Airlines Expands Continental U.S. Presence In 2021

Following a $97 million loss during the third quarter and the announcement of Boeing 787 delivery deferrals until 2022, Hawaiian Airlines is expanding its continental U.S. network for 2021 as travel begins to rebound. The Honolulu-based airline will fly to three more U.S. mainland destinations next year including Austin; Ontario,…

New FedEx Facility Opens in Southern California as Cargo Volume…

After two years of work, a new 251,000 square foot FedEx Express complex with nine wide-body aircraft gates, 14 feeder aircraft gates and 18 truck docks has opened at Ontario International Airport in Ontario, Calif. The airport is located about 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The new space on…

Frontier Airlines Announces New Routes and Destinations

Frontier Airlines has announced continued aggressive expansion plans as travel demand continues to pick up. Although travel is still down due to COVID-19 the airline has continuously expanded over the past eight months to new, leisure-based destinations. The airline’s latest announcement includes 18 new routes and three new destinations for…

Viva Aerobus Adds Mexico City to Los Angeles and Houston…

Mexican low-cost carrier Viva Aerobus started serving Geroge Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston and Los Angeles International Airport from its Mexico City hub on July 16 and July 17, respectively. A new domestic route to Tampico from Mexico City was also launched by the airline on July 16 as well.…

Trip Report: Flying Mokulele in the States

Essential Air Service (EAS) routes are vital to providing airline routes to small communities around the country. While some states have many cities that qualify, some have only one or two. The state of California currently has three EAS cities: Imperial, Merced and Crescent City. I found myself looking through…

Delta Halts Service to 10 Airports Around the U.S.

Facing tremendous challenges posed by the new coronavirus, Delta is suspending flights to ten airports across the country. Delta announced on May 8 that it is cutting service to 10 U.S. secondary airports as part of a previously announced 85% overall reduction in its service schedule. Notably, Delta is halting service…

San Francisco Temporarily Closes International Concourse A Gates

Although San Francisco International Airport (SFO) remains open and operational during the Bay Area's "shelter in place" lockdown, the airport is closing one of two concourses at the International Terminal after a major drop in travel due to the coronavirus. SFO officials say international flights have dropped almost 52 percent…

JSX Announces Changes Due to Coronavirus

During this tough time in the aviation industry, airlines all over the world are canceling routes and grounding aircraft and Dallas based JSX, formally JetSuiteX, is no different. Over the past couple of weeks, the carrier has slowly been discontinuing cities in its route map including Seattle’s Boeing Field and…

The Checkered History of McClellan-Palomar Airport

All airports have periods of growth and decline, but very few have such dramatic service changes, multiple times in a row. That’s exactly what has happened at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Calif., located roughly 30 miles north of San Diego. The airport has had four different carriers serve the airport…