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Exciting new airline routes from June 2024 and beyond


It was another busy month for airline network planners.

Though no single airline made a big, splashy expansion, there was a whole host of interesting changes filed last month — many of which haven’t been reported.

Perhaps the biggest news in June was Allegiant Air’s 18 route cuts that the carrier is blaming on delivery delays from Boeing. Allegiant’s ultra-low-cost business model means that the airline often cuts and resumes routes with short notice, but it remains to be seen how many, if any, of the affected routes will be reinstated.

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You’ll catch all the details from changes loaded last month below.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines had a busy June with two route cuts and one new flight.

The airline removed flights from Tampa to Los Angeles and from Tucson to Paine Field in Everett, Washington. The latter route was supposed to resume Nov. 22.

The airline added a new route from its Portland, Oregon, hub. From there, Alaska will fly to New Orleans. This new winter-seasonal service will launch Jan. 6, 2025, and run through May 14, 2025.

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Allegiant Air

Ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air filed perhaps the biggest network changes of any U.S. airline last month. Allegiant dropped 18 routes from its network and said it would withdraw from its Austin base due to the airport’s terminal closure.

Allegiant blamed the far-reaching cuts on delivery delays from Boeing. The cuts primarily touch four of the airline’s operating bases. The biggest cuts are at Nashville International Airport (BNA), where Allegiant will exit a whopping six routes.

The carrier expected to receive six Boeing 737 MAX aircraft before July, but it now expects them later this year (at the earliest), leading to this capacity reduction.

You’ll find a map of all the slashed routes below.

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American Airlines

American didn’t make too many changes to its network last month, but it did add a few noteworthy new routes, including four from New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA). American operates a hub at LGA, and as part of the wind-down of the Northeast Alliance with JetBlue, the carrier will receive slots, or takeoff and landing permissions, for LGA flights that JetBlue had originally borrowed.

These slots come into effect in the winter season, and so American will resume service on routes to four “sun-and-fun” destinations: Orlando, Sarasota and West Palm Beach in Florida, and New Orleans.

The airline also added new flights from Charlotte to Governor’s Harbour in the Bahamas.

It wasn’t all good news for American, though, as the airline filed plans to scrap two routes: Boston to Memphis and Austin to Indianapolis.

Breeze Airways

Breeze is growing in Florida, where it will add three new routes to operating bases, or hubs.

The new routes are from Burlington, Vermont, to Fort Myers; from Long Island, New York, to Fort Myers; and from Scranton, Pennsylvania, to Tampa. Breeze is planning to turn Fort Myers into its newest operating base later this year, so this expansion, which is slated to begin in early October, is timed perfectly with the opening of the new operating base.

Delta Air Lines

Delta had a noteworthy June with the addition of a new long-haul service from Orlando to London. Neither city is a hub for Delta, but the airline has a robust transatlantic joint venture with U.K.-based Virgin Atlantic that will help fuel the flight’s success.

The airline also added a slew of new short-haul flights, including two routes from Minneapolis to the Caribbean and its 16th nonstop destination from Austin: Harlingen, Texas, beginning Oct. 7.

Delta also added another new nonstop to Tulum, Mexico. The airline will launch flights from its Minneapolis hub once weekly beginning Dec. 21 through April 12, 2025. Minneapolis joins existing service from Atlanta.

Frontier Airlines

Ultra-low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines surprised some aviation observers last month when it announced more flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

Frontier’s two new JFK routes are from Atlanta and Las Vegas. In fact, the airline just made its JFK debut earlier this month with a new nonstop to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

It wasn’t immediately clear how Frontier received the slots (takeoff and landing permissions) required to operate at JFK, which is capacity-constrained.

In addition to the JFK routes, Frontier also added new flights in a host of other markets — two from Atlanta, two from Boston and one from San Diego.

JetBlue

JetBlue added four new pins to its route map last month, starting with Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) in Islip, New York. JetBlue is New York’s hometown carrier, and Islip is far more manageable than JFK or LaGuardia for Long Islanders.

JetBlue’s ISP destinations include three popular Florida cities: Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and West Palm Beach.

In addition, JetBlue filed routes to two new destinations from JFK: Bonaire and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. JetBlue will fly to both destinations twice weekly.

Finally, JetBlue announced that it will begin flying from Boston to Presque Isle, Maine. This flight is operated as part of an Essential Air Service contract, meaning that JetBlue receives subsidies from the government to operate it.

JSX

The luxe public charter carrier JSX announced last month that it would add four new seasonal winter routes.

This includes flights to Naples and West Palm Beach in Florida from Morristown, New Jersey, and Westchester County, New York. JSX also announced a slew of seasonal resumptions in Boca Raton, Florida, and Salt Lake City.

JSX operates from private terminals, allowing flyers to arrive just 20 minutes before departure. The carrier only flies 30-seat Embraer regional jets as part of the public charter model, which has received increased scrutiny from the Federal Aviation Administration this year.

Silver Airlines

Regional carrier Silver Airlines scrapped two shuttle routes last month. This includes service from West Palm Beach to Pensacola and Tallahassee in Florida. The interesting part is that both routes just started a few months ago, in March.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines might not be performing too well at the moment, but it didn’t make any dramatic changes to its network last month.

The airline just scrapped two transcontinental flights from Atlanta to Los Angeles and Oakland, California. The carrier will continue to serve these markets with one-stop service.

Elsewhere, the airline is gearing up for the NFL football season, adding 42 new one-off flights for the most popular games.

Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines is adding a new route map pin and state to its network. On Oct. 10, the airline will launch daily nonstop service between Birmingham, Alabama, and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Spirit will enjoy a monopoly in this market, and it’ll also mark the first time that Spirit has flown to Alabama.

Spirit also made a slew of other changes to its network as it seeks to quickly return to profitability. You’ll catch all the details below, but the tally is four new routes and nine suspended ones.

Tradewind Aviation

Many travelers may have never heard of Tradewind Aviation, but this small Oxford, Connecticut-based carrier operates a few shuttle routes in the Northeast, Southeast and Caribbean.

Last month, Tradewind filed service from West Palm Beach to Marsh Harbour and North Eleuthera in the Bahamas, starting Dec. 19.

United Airlines

United didn’t make any splashy network announcements last month, but it did make a few interesting changes.

The airline added two new short-haul routes from its two West Coast hubs, Los Angeles and San Francisco. United will fly from San Francisco to Monterrey, Mexico, beginning Oct. 27.

The carrier also will add service from Los Angeles to St. George, Utah, beginning Sept. 26.

Finally, the airline filed plans to fly from Newark to Faro, Portugal, on May 23, 2025. This flight was originally supposed to launch this summer, but was postponed at the last minute due to ongoing audits from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Aeromexico

Aeromexico is canceling two U.S. routes: Atlanta to Merida, Mexico (effective June 30), and Salt Lake City to Mexico City (effective Aug. 18).

Austrian Airlines

Austrian didn’t launch any new routes last month, but it did upgrade its New York service by launching its first-ever Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights.

This upgrade to the 787 represents a big improvement in the passenger experience. This includes an all-new (and much upgraded) business-class product with reverse herringbone seats with direct aisle access for everyone.

KLM

KLM announced a new U.S. destination this month: Portland, Oregon.

The Dutch flag carrier will launch flights from Amsterdam to Portland beginning Oct. 27 on a three-times-weekly basis. The carrier will deploy a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the flight. In the summer of 2025, KLM will upgrade this new route to five-times-weekly flights.

Though KLM is adding this new service, it’s a zero-sum game for Portland-based travelers. That’s because Delta, which used to operate this route, will transition the service to KLM.

Porter Airlines

Canadian carrier Porter Airlines filed a slew of new routes last month, seven of which are to Florida. You’ll find the full list below, but highlights include a new route-map pin in West Palm Beach. Porter should have no trouble marketing these flights to winter-weary Canadians.

  • Toronto to Phoenix
  • Toronto to West Palm Beach
  • Ottawa to Tampa
  • Ottawa to Fort Myers
  • Montreal to Fort Lauderdale
  • Montreal to Fort Myers
  • Halifax to Tampa
  • Halifax to Orlando

Volaris

Mexican ultra-low-cost carrier Volaris announced new service from Las Vegas to Tijuana, Mexico, beginning Oct. 29. The carrier’s El Salvador-based subsidiary also filed a new route from Miami to San Salvador.

It wasn’t all good news, though, as the carrier dropped service from Chicago to Huatulco, Mexico.

WestJet

Another Canadian carrier, WestJet, filed a new U.S. route last month. On April 27, 2025, WestJet will inaugurate service between Calgary and Minneapolis, which will be WestJet’s fourth route to MSP after Edmonton, Regina and Saskatoon.

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