Exciting New Airline Routes for April 2016 and Beyond

Apr 26, 2016

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Each month, airlines around the world launch and announce dozens of new flight routes and service changes — and today, TPG Senior Editor Kaeli Conforti shares just a few of the latest flights that will take to the skies this month or in the near future. Keep in mind that exact flight details (e.g., flight schedules, aircraft and more) may change based on travel dates.


Doesn’t a trip to Copenhagen sound amazing right about now?

Boston (BOS) – Copenhagen (CPH) on Scandinavian Airlines (launched March 29, 2016)

Details — At the end of March, SAS launched a new daily route between Boston and Copenhagen on its reconfigured 737-700, making it even easier to visit this colorful European city.

Schedule (daily):

  • SK928 Boston (BOS) 5:30pm Departure ⇒ Copenhagen (CPH) 7:00am (+1) Arrival
  • SK927 Copenhagen (CPH) 12:50pm Departure ⇒ Boston (BOS) 3:20pm Arrival
Norwegian Air is one of the cheapest ways to fly to Europe.
Norwegian Air is one of the cheapest ways to fly to Europe.

Boston (BOS) – London (LGW) on Norwegian (launched March 27, 2016)

Details — Bostonians are also getting a new flight to London-Gatwick on low-cost carrier Norwegian Air. The flight will operate four times per week from Boston on the airline’s Dreamliner aircraft.


  • DY7148 Boston (BOS) 9:20pm Departure ⇒ London (LGW) 8:40am (+1) Arrival (Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday)
  • DY7147 London (LGW) 4:50pm Departure ⇒ Boston (BOS) 7:05pm Arrival (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)
Southwest recently started flying from LA to Liberia, Costa Rica.
Southwest recently started flying from LA to Liberia, Costa Rica.

Los Angeles (LAX) – Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) on Southwest (launched April 12, 2016)

Details — Southwest expanded its international service to Latin America this month with a new daily nonstop flight between Los Angeles and Liberia, Costa Rica.

Schedule (daily):

  • WN6920 Los Angeles (LAX) 2:40pm Departure ⇒ Liberia (LIR) 9:10pm Arrival
  • WN6918 Liberia (LIR) 9:15am Departure ⇒ Los Angeles (LAX) 2:15pm Arrival
Southwest is adding a ton of new domestic routes this month, including a flight from New York (EWR) to Las Vegas (LAS).
Southwest added a ton of new domestic routes this month, including a flight from New York (EWR) to Las Vegas (LAS).

New Domestic Routes on Southwest (launched April 2016)

Details — Southwest expanded its network by adding new service to several cities around the US this month.

New Routes:

  • Atlanta (ATL) — Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP)
  • Baltimore (BWI) — Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP)
  • Chicago (MDW) — Dayton (DAY)
  • Chicago (MDW) — Flint (FNT)
  • Chicago (MDW) — Grand Rapids (GRR)
  • New York (EWR) — Las Vegas (LAS)
  • New York (EWR) — Orlando (MCO)
  • Phoenix (PHX) — Wichita (ICT)
  • St. Louis (STL) — Des Moines (DSM)
  • St. Louis (STL) — Wichita (ICT)
You can now fly from the US to Los Cabos, Mexico on Spirit Airlines.
You can now fly from the US to Los Cabos, Mexico on Spirit Airlines.

New Domestic Routes on Spirit Airlines (launched April 2016)

Details Spirit Airlines launched 14 domestic routes — and resumed 22 international flights — between March 24 and April 29, just in time for summer travel planning.

New Domestic Routes: 

  • Atlanta (ATL) — Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP)
  • Atlanta (ATL) — New Orleans (MSY)
  • Baltimore (BWI) — Boston (BOS)
  • Baltimore (BWI) — Detroit (DTW)
  • Boston (BOS) — Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP)
  • Detroit (DTW)— Philadelphia (PHL)
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL) — Philadelphia (PHL)
  • Las Vegas (LAS) — Seattle (SEA)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) — Seattle (SEA)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) — Portland (PDX)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) — Phoenix (PHX)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) — Philadelphia (PHL)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) — New Orleans (MSY)
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) — Philadelphia (PHL)

Resuming Summer Service:

  • Atlantic City (ACY) — Atlanta (ATL)
  • Atlantic City (ACY) — Boston (BOS)
  • Atlantic City (ACY) — Chicago (ORD)
  • Atlantic City (ACY) — Detroit (DTW)
  • Baltimore (BWI) — Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP)
  • Boston (BOS) — Cleveland (CLE)
  • Boston (BOS) — Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW)
  • Boston (BOS) — Detroit (DTW)
  • Chicago (ORD) — Portland (PDX)
  • Charleston, WV (CRW) — Myrtle Beach (MYR)
  • Cleveland (CLE) — Myrtle Beach (MYR)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) — Los Cabos, Mexico (SJD)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) — Myrtle Beach (MYR)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) — Portland (PDX)
  • Denver (DEN) — Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP)
  • Detroit (DTW) — Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP)
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL) — Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ)
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL) — Kingston, Jamaica (KIN)
  • Houston (IAH) — Los Cabos, Mexico (SJD)
  • Houston (IAH)  — Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP)
  • Myrtle Beach (MYR) — Plattsburgh, NY (PBG)
  • Orlando (MCO) — San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)
Frontier Airlines started a bunch of new domestic routes this month.
Frontier Airlines started a bunch of new domestic routes this month.

New Domestic Routes on Frontier Airlines (launched April, 2016)

Details — Starting this month, you’ll be able to fly the low-cost carrier to and from more US cities. Frontier’s restored seasonal service from Atlanta (ATL) to Austin (AUS), Cleveland (CLE), Cincinnati (CVG), Los Angeles (LAX), Indianapolis (IND) and Trenton (TTN), along with flights between Chicago (ORD) and Austin (AUS), Philadelphia (PHL), Washington-Dulles (IAD), Raleigh-Durham (RDU) and Trenton (TTN).

This month also marks the beginning of new service from Cleveland (CLE) to Portland (PDX), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Philadelphia (PHL).

New Routes:

  • Atlanta (ATL) — Houston (IAH)
  • Atlanta (ATL) — Kansas City (MCI)
  • Atlanta (ATL) — Milwaukee (MKE)
  • Atlanta (ATL) — Phoenix (PHX)
  • Atlanta (ATL) — Raleigh-Durham (RDU)
  • Atlanta (ATL) — San Francisco (SFO)
  • Atlanta (ATL) — St. Louis (STL)
  • Atlanta (ATL) — Memphis (MEM)
  • Chicago (ORD) — Charlotte (CLT)
  • Chicago (ORD) — Kansas City (MCI)
  • Chicago (ORD) — Nashville (BNA)
  • Chicago (ORD) — Portland (PDX)
  • Chicago (ORD) — St. Augustine, Florida (UST)
  • Chicago (ORD) — Seattle (SEA)
  • Chicago (ORD) — Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP)


Beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

American Airlines Will Offer Service from New York (JFK) to Turks and Caicos (PLS)

Details — Starting November 5, American Airlines will offer weekly service from New York (JFK) to Providenciales (PLS), operating the route from New York on Saturdays with return trips from Turks and Caicos on Sundays.


  • AA1416 New York (JFK) 4:30pm Departure ⇒ Providenciales (PLS) 9:08pm Arrival
  • AA1443 Providenciales (PLS) 9:45am ⇒ New York (JFK) 12:16pm Arrival
You’ll soon be able to fly the Dreamliner between Amsterdam and San Francisco.

KLM Will Add Dreamliner Service Between Amsterdam (AMS) and San Francisco (SFO)

Details — KLM will fly its 787 Dreamliner between Amsterdam (AMS) and San Francisco (SFO) starting May 4. The carrier will operate this service twice weekly on Wednesday and Sunday.


  • KL610 San Francisco (SFO) 4:45pm Departure ⇒ Amsterdam (AMS) 12:15pm (+1) Arrival
  • KL609 Amsterdam (AMS) 12:40pm ⇒ San Francisco (SFO) 2:45 pm Arrival
Air Berlin will be expanding its service later this year.
Air Berlin plans to expand its service later this year.

Air Berlin Will Expand its Long-Haul Service This Winter 

Details — The number of flights between Germany and the US is about to increase. Air Berlin will expand service from Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) to Miami (MIA) to four times per week, and will start daily service to New York City (JFK) this winter. The airline will also add a new Thursday flight to Chicago in the winter, for a total of five flights per week.

Air Berlin will also resume year-round flights between LA and Düsseldorf this winter — with flight AB7430 departing Düsseldorf at 9:45am five times per week. Additionally, starting November 2, 2016, the carrier will fly between Düsseldorf and Cancun three times a week, and it will offer winter service to other destinations in the Caribbean, including Curaçao, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata as well as Havana and Varadero in Cuba.

TPG is a huge fan of JetBlue Mint, now expanding its product throughout the Caribbean and around the US.
TPG is a huge fan of JetBlue Mint, now expanding its product throughout the Caribbean and around the US.

JetBlue Expands its Mint Product in the US and Caribbean

Details — Earlier this month JetBlue announced that it will be expanding its popular Mint service, with new flights between Boston (BOS) and Los Angeles (LAX) starting October 20, operating once per day until November 17 when it will operate three times daily.

The carrier will also offer seasonal Mint service to the Caribbean beginning November 5, 2016. Service is mainly on Saturdays, then daily around the Christmas and New Year holidays — from Boston (BOS) to Aruba (AUA) and New York (JFK) to St. Maarten and St. Lucia.

New Routes:

  • B6287 Boston (BOS) 7:00am Departure ⇒ Los Angeles (LAX) 10:34am Arrival
  • B6487 Boston (BOS) 4:55pm Departure ⇒ Los Angeles (LAX) 8:31pm Arrival
  • B6687 Boston (BOS) 8:55pm Departure ⇒ Los Angeles (LAX) 12:25am (+1) Arrival
  • B6687 Boston (BOS) 9:15pm Departure ⇒ Los Angeles (LAX) 12:45am (+1) Arrival
  • B6288 Los Angeles (LAX) 7:25am Departure ⇒ Boston (BOS) 3:44pm Arrival
  • B6488 Los Angeles (LAX) 11:45am Departure ⇒ Boston (BOS) 8:04pm Arrival
  • B6688 Los Angeles (LAX) 9:49pm Departure ⇒ Boston (BOS) 6:08am (+1) Arrival

Seasonal Service:

  • B6673 Boston (BOS) 10:54am Departure ⇒ Aruba (AUA) 4:39pm Arrival
  • B6674 Aruba (AUA) 5:59pm Departure ⇒ Boston (BOS) 9:53pm Arrival
  • B6881 New York (JFK) 8:20am Departure ⇒ St. Lucia (UVF) 1:58pm Arrival
  • B6882 St. Lucia (UVF) 3:20pm Departure ⇒ New York (JFK) 7:23pm Arrival
  • B6787 New York (JFK) 7:45am Departure ⇒ St. Maarten (SXM) 12:42pm Arrival
  • B6788 St. Maarten (SXM) 2:02pm Departure ⇒ New York (JFK) 5:30pm Arrival
You’ll soon be able to fly United’s Boeing 787-9 from San Francisco to Hangzhou, China. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

United Will Start Service From San Francisco (SFO) to Hangzhou (HGH) This July

DetailsStarting July 13, United Airlines will begin flying three times a week between San Francisco (SFO) and Hangzhou, China (HGH) on its Boeing 787-9 aircraft, before switching to its 787-8 aircraft starting October 31 for the winter travel season — the 787-9 will still be flown between January 3 and February 17, 2017.


  • UA982 San Francisco (SFO) 2:15pm Departure ⇒ Hangzhou (HGH) 6:10pm (+1) Arrival
  • UA983 Hangzhou (HGH) 11:30am Departure ⇒ San Francisco (SFO) 8:25am Arrival

Which of these new routes are you most excited about?

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