Fort Lauderdale’s recovery lags despite many new routes

Fort Lauderdale ended 2021 with 28.1 million passengers, according to the airport’s own statistics. This was 24% lower than 2019, when the Florida airport welcomed a record 36.8 million customers. Some 12 million additional passengers were added between 2014 and 2019 (+49%), the result of huge growth by Allegiant, American, JetBlue, Southwest and Spirit. While […]

December 21, 2022 | Airports, News & Analysis, North America

CAK - SFB

Allegiant has flights to 125 airports in W22. It added Akron/Canton in March, building on eight that materialised in 2021: Orange County and Spokane in February, Portland (Oregon) in April, Key West in June, Minneapolis and Phoenix Sky Harbor in October and Orlando MLB and Washington IAD in November. Inevitably, not everything has gone smoothly. […]

Virgin Tampa

Some 25 US states have non-stop service to Europe this winter, according to Cirium schedule data. New York has more seat capacity than any other, followed by California, Florida, New Jersey and Illinois. Florida has 2.9 million two-way non-stop European seats, down by 16% versus W19. That is despite the launch of Virgin Atlantic’s new […]

JetBlue and Spirit

Last Thursday it was announced that JetBlue and Spirit had agreed a merger under which JetBlue will acquire Spirit to create an airline with over 450 aircraft. Cirium schedule data for August 2022 shows that JetBlue is the sixth biggest airline operating from US airports, with Spirit just behind in seventh. As it stands, combining […]

Appleton Summer Routes 22

Appleton International Airport (IATA code ATW – which must make it a favourite with our colleagues at Air Transport World) is Wisconsin’s third busiest airport after Milwaukee and Madison. Located around 160 kilometres north of Milwaukee, Appleton lies on the Fox River which is connected to nearby Lake Winnebago. The airport is just 40 kilometres […]

Frontier and Spirit

The recent announcement that America’s two biggest ULCCs, Frontier and Spirit, plan to merge came as something of a surprise to many in the industry. However, with similar business models and significant fleet commonality it makes a lot of sense. The combined entity would become the fifth biggest carrier in the US behind the big […]

Allegiant surprised many industry observers last week by announcing an order with Boeing for brand new aircraft. It will purchase 50 737 MAX aircraft (a mix of 737-7s and 737-8-200s) and has an option to purchase 50 more. This marks an evolution of the airline’s fleet policy which has previously been based around using older, […]