Exciting New Airline Routes for June 2018 and Beyond

Jun 29, 2018

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Airlines around the world launch and announce dozens of new flight routes and service changes every month. Today, we’ll share just a few of the most notable flights that will take to the skies this month or in the near future. Keep in mind that exact flight details (like schedules and aircraft, among other things) may change.

NEW ROUTES LAUNCHED IN JUNE 2018

Fly Air Italy to Milan from New York and Miami (launched June 1 and 8)

Pay a visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mlenny / Getty Images)
Pay a visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Mlenny / Getty Images)

Details — Great news for anyone in the mood for a vacation in one of northern Italy’s most beautiful cities: While Norwegian Air recently had to cancel its planned service from LAX, Air Italy has gone ahead and launched not one, but two routes to Milan (MXP), with daily nonstop service from New York (JFK) and four flights per week from Miami (MIA) on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays aboard the carrier’s A330-200s. Translation: if you’re looking for an excuse to do an epic Italian shopping trip, this is it!

New York to Milan (daily):

  • IG902 New York (JFK) 8:30pm Departure Milan (MXP) 10:35am (+1) Arrival
  • IG901 Milan (MXP) 1:10pm Departure New York (JFK) 4:00pm Arrival

Miami to Milan (4x per week):

  • IG904 Miami (MIA) 7:45pm Departure Milan (MXP) 11:10am (+1) Arrival
  • IG903 Milan (MXP) 1:00pm Departure Miami (MIA) 5:45pm Arrival

American Airlines Adds 27 New Routes to Its Network (launched June 7 and 9)

Start planning your dream Caribbean trip to Bonaire. (Photo by vale_t / Getty Images)
Bonaire is one of the “ABC” islands, located just beneath the Caribbean hurricane belt. (Photo by vale_t / Getty Images)

Details — It was a big month for American Airlines, which launched a whopping 24 new domestic routes as well as three new international flights between Miami (MIA) and Bonaire (BON), Chicago (ORD) and Calgary (YYC), and Dallas (DFW) and Reykjavik (KEF), perhaps in response to WOW Air’s DFW–KEF route that launched last month. The new flights will be operated by a mix of the carrier’s CRJ700, CRJ200, E145, E175, B757, B738 and A319 aircraft.

Miami to Bonaire (1x per week on Saturday as of June 9):

  • AA1379 Miami (MIA) 12:20pm Departure Bonaire (BON) 3:26pm Arrival
  • AA1379 Bonaire (BON) 4:17pm Departure Miami (MIA) 7:34pm Arrival

Chicago to Calgary (6x per week — not on Tuesdays — as of June 7):

  • AA3949 Chicago (ORD) 9:50am Departure Calgary (YYC) 12:34pm Arrival
  • AA3949 Calgary (YYC) 1:14pm Departure Chicago (ORD) 5:50pm Arrival

Dallas to Reykjavik (daily service as of June 7):

  • AA232 Dallas (DFW) 8:20pm Departure Reykjavik (KEF) 9:15am (+1) Arrival
  • AA231 Reykjavik (KEF) 11:10am Departure Dallas (DFW) 2:50pm Arrival

New Domestic Routes:

  • Charlotte (CLT) – Northwest Florida Beaches (ECP)
  • Charlotte (CLT) – South Bend (SBN)
  • Chicago (ORD) – Bangor (BGR)
  • Chicago (ORD) – Burlington (BTV)
  • Chicago (ORD) – Missoula (MSO)
  • Chicago (ORD) – Myrtle Beach (MYR)
  • Chicago (ORD) – Portland (PWM)
  • Chicago (ORD) – Savannah (SAV)
  • Chicago (ORD) – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AVP)
  • Chicago (ORD) – Wilmington (ILM)
  • Dallas (DFW) – Asheville (AVL)
  • Dallas (DFW) – Flagstaff (FLG)
  • Dallas (DFW) – Key West (EYW)
  • Dallas (DFW) – Missoula (MSO)
  • Dallas (DFW) – Northwest Florida Beaches (ECP)
  • Dallas (DFW) – South Bend (SBN)
  • Dallas (DFW) – Wilmington (ILM)
  • Miami (MIA) – Savannah (SAV)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Bozeman (BZN)
  • New York (JFK) – Denver (DEN)
  • Philadephia (PHL) – Fort Wayne (FWA)
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – Oklahoma City (OKC)
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – Pensacola (PNS)
  • Washington, DC (DCA) – Montgomery (MGM)

Delta Debuts Service from LAX to Paris and Amsterdam, Adds Four More Domestic Routes (launched June 8 and 18)

Amsterdam is a beautiful place to visit all year long. (Photo by @cyberophoto via Twenty20)
Amsterdam is a beautiful place to visit all year long. (Photo by @cyberophoto via Twenty20)

Details — Earlier this month, Delta began offering nonstop service from Los Angeles (LAX) to Paris (CDG) three times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, as well as nonstop service from LAX to Amsterdam (AMS) four times per week on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Four domestic flights were also launched this month, including a new transcon route from San Jose (SJC) to New York (JFK) with its 737-800, service from Seattle (SEA) to Kansas City (MCI) aboard its E175, a new flight from SEA to Washington-Dulles (IAD) aboard the 737-800 and a new route from SEA to Indianapolis (IND) aboard the A319. Note that both flights from LAX to Europe will be operated by the carrier’s 777-200s.

Los Angeles to Paris (3x per week):

  • DL156 Los Angeles (LAX) 12:00pm Departure Paris (CDG) 7:55am (+1) Arrival
  • DL157 Paris (CDG) 3:15pm Departure Los Angeles (LAX) 6:25pm Arrival

Los Angeles to Amsterdam (4x per week): 

  • DL78 Los Angeles (LAX) 12:05pm Departure Amsterdam (AMS) 8:00am (+1) Arrival
  • DL79 Amsterdam (AMS) 3:40pm Departure Los Angeles (LAX) 6:25pm Arrival

Domestic Schedules (daily): 

  • DL2857 San Jose (SJC) 10:35pm Departure New York (JFK) 7:08am (+1) Arrival
  • DL428 New York (JFK) 8:30am Departure San Jose (SJC) 12:08pm Arrival
  • DL4854 Seattle (SEA) 5:15pm Departure Kansas City (MCI) 10:45pm Arrival
  • DL3577 Kansas City (MCI) 7:05am Departure Seattle (SEA) 9:00am Arrival
  • DL1126 Seattle (SEA) 10:00pm Departure Washington, DC (IAD) 5:57am (+1) Arrival
  • DL1838 Washington, DC (IAD) 7:00am Departure Seattle (SEA) 9:58am Arrival
  • DL1215 Seattle (SEA) 10:22am Departure Indianapolis (IND) 5:45pm Arrival
  • DL1877 Indianapolis (IND) 6:24pm Departure Seattle (SEA) 8:15pm Arrival

Fly from Fort Lauderdale to Santiago, DR, on JetBlue (launched June 14)

Isn't it about time you visited the Dominican Republic? (Photo by Marvin del Cid/Getty Images)
Isn’t it about time you visited the Dominican Republic? (Photo by Marvin del Cid/Getty Images)

Details — As of June 14, South Florida folks can fly nonstop from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Santiago De Los Caballeros (STI) in the Dominican Republic thanks to a new JetBlue route that launched this month. Flights are operated with the carrier’s A320 aircraft which may or may not be redesigned as per JetBlue’s roll-out depending on when you fly.

Schedule (daily):

  • B6345 Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 8:30am Departure Santiago (STI) 10:30am Arrival
  • B6344 Santiago (STI) 11:35am Departure Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 1:41pm Arrival

Hawaiian Airlines Adds Nonstop Service from Long Beach, CA (launched June 1)

Doesn't a trip to Waikiki Beach sound great right about now? (Photo by @mreyz via Twenty20)
Doesn’t a trip to Waikiki Beach sound great right about now? (Photo by @mreyz via Twenty20)

Details — Alooooooha! Earlier this month, Hawaiian Airlines launched daily nonstop service from Long Beach (LGB) aboard the carrier’s A321neo, giving Southern California residents in need of an epic Hawaiian beach vacation yet another way to make it happen.

Schedule (daily): 

  • HA69 Long Beach (LGB) 8:30am Departure Honolulu (HNL) 11:40am Arrival
  • HA70 Honolulu (HNL) 12:30pm Departure Long Beach (LGB) 9:00pm Arrival

United Begins Four Seasonal Flights, Adds 10 Domestic Routes (launched June 7 and 9)

Zürich, Switzerland, is a beautiful place to visit all year long. (Photo by Pablo Bonfiglio / Getty Images)
Zürich, Switzerland, is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. (Photo by Pablo Bonfiglio / Getty Images)

Details — United launched 14 new domestic and international routes this month on June 7 and 9, including seasonal service between San Francisco (SFO) and Zurich (ZRH) — operating now through October 27 with a 787; Newark (EWR) and Bermuda (BDA); and New Orleans (MSY) and San Antonio (SAT) to Cancun (CUN). The flights will be operated by a mix of the carrier’s E145, E175, CRJ200, A319 and B788 aircraft.

  • Chicago (ORD) – Bismarck (BIS)
  • Chicago (ORD) – Fresno (FAT)
  • Denver (DEN) – Appleton (ATW)
  • Denver (DEN) – Norfolk (ORF)
  • Houston (IAH) – Akron-Canton (CAK)
  • Houston (IAH) – Dayton (DAY)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Eureka (ACV)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Kalispell (FCA)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Missoula (MSN)
  • Newark (EWR) – Bermuda (BDA)
  • New Orleans (MSY) – Cancun (CUN)
  • San Antonio (SAT) – Cancun (CUN)
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Madison (MSO)
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Zurich (ZRH)

NEW ROUTES ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018

More International and Domestic Options Coming to Southwest

Cliffs near Cabo: Image Courtesy of Shutterstock.
Go and see the famous cliffs near Cabo. Image by Ruth Peterkin / Shutterstock.

Details — Earlier this month, Southwest revealed 10 new routes planned for later this year, including nonstop service between Chicago (MDW) and Los Cabos (SJD) aboard its 737-700. The airline is also expected to increase service on some of its current routes.

Chicago to Los Cabos (Saturday and Sunday as of November 4, 2018):

  • WN3636 Chicago (MDW) 9:30am Departure Los Cabos (SJD) 1:10pm Arrival
  • WN3637 Los Cabos (SJD) 2:05pm Departure Chicago (MDW) 7:15pm Arrival

New Domestic Routes Launching November 4:

  • Burbank (BUR) – Chicago (MDW)
  • Burbank (BUR) – Houston (HOU)
  • Denver (DEN) – Lubbock (LBB)
  • New York (LGA) – New Orleans (MSY)
  • Sacramento (SMF) – Houston (HOU)
  • San Jose (SJC) – Tucson (TUS)
  • Washington, DC (DCA) – Oklahoma City (OKC)

New Domestic Routes Launching November 10:

  • New York (LGA) – Orlando (MCO)
  • New York (LGA) – West Palm Beach (PBI)

Alaska Airlines to Fly Nonstop Between Sacramento and Kona, Hawaii

Plan your perfect Hawaiian beach getaway in Kona. (Photo by Sam Antonio Photography / Getty Images)
Plan your perfect Hawaiian beach getaway in Kona. (Photo by Sam Antonio Photography / Getty Images)

Details — Starting December 20, folks on the West Coast will be able to fly nonstop from Sacramento (SMF) to Kona (KOA) thanks to a new Alaska Airlines route expected to operate three times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Note that return flights will leave KOA three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between December 20 and January 5 before switching to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from January 6 on. And while the Big Island of Hawaii has been making news lately because of its resident active volcano, rest assured that your trip to Kona will not be affected by the dramatic scenes of hot, spewing lava — it’s actually a 2.5-hour drive from all the action.

From December 20 to January 5 (3x per week):

  • AS891 Sacramento (SMF) 12:15pm Departure Kona (KOA) 4:20pm Arrival
  • AS890 Kona (KOA) 2:05pm Departure Sacramento (SMF) 9:32pm Arrival

From January 6 and beyond (3x per week):

  • AS891 Sacramento (SMF) 11:30am Departure Kona (KOA) 3:35pm Arrival
  • AS890 Kona (KOA) 12:30pm Departure Sacramento (SMF) 7:57pm Arrival

American Airlines to Expand US Service Starting in November

Stop by Savannah's iconic fountain in Forsyth Park. (Photo by SeanPavonePhoto / Getty Images)
Stop by Savannah’s iconic fountain in Forsyth Park. (Photo by SeanPavonePhoto / Getty Images)

Details — Like I said, it’s been a busy month over at American Airlines between all the flights launched in June and the announcement of eight new domestic routes slated for November and December 2018. The Dallas (DFW) to Buffalo (BUF) route will be operated by an A319, while the DFW to Sarasota (SRQ) route will use a CRJ700 and the DFW–ILM route, a CRJ900. The DFW to Del Rio (DRT) route will be operated by an ERJ140, while ERJ145s will serve the Miami (MIA) to Greenville (GSP) and MIA to Knoxville (TYS) routes. Both flights from New York (LGA) to Charleston (CHS) and Savannah (SAV) will be aboard E175 aircraft.

  • Dallas (DFW) – Buffalo (BUF), daily as of December 19
  • Dallas (DFW) – Del Rio (DRT), twice daily as of November 4
  • Dallas (DFW) – Sarasota (SRQ), daily as of December 19
  • Dallas (DFW) – Wilmington (ILM), daily as of December 19
  • Miami (MIA) – Greenville (GSP), twice daily as of December 19
  • Miami (MIA) – Knoxville (TYS), twice daily as of December 19
  • New York (LGA) – Charleston, SC (CHS), 2x per week as of November 4
  • New York (LGA) – Savannah (SAV), 2x per week as of November 4

Norwegian Air to Fly to Europe from Three Florida Cities

Folks in Tampa will be able to fly nonstop to London starting this fall. (Photo by Richard Boll / Getty Images).
Folks in Tampa will be able to fly nonstop to London starting this fall. (Photo by Richard Boll / Getty Images).

Details — If you happen to be in Florida and are thinking of planning a trip to Europe this fall, you’re in luck! Norwegian Air has announced plans to launch nonstop service from Orlando (MCO) to Stockholm (ARN) on Mondays and Fridays starting October 29, service from Tampa (TPA) to London (GTW) on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting October 31, service from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Madrid (MAD) on Tuesdays and Saturdays and service from FLL to Rome (FCO) on Tuesdays and Fridays. The carrier also released plans for adjustments to its current winter schedule.

Orlando to Stockholm (2x per week as of October 29):

  • DY7062 Orlando (MCO) 10:05pm Departure Stockholm (ARN) 11:55am (+1) Arrival
  • DY7061 Stockholm (ARN) 2:50pm Departure Orlando (MCO) 7:05pm Arrival

Tampa to London (2x per week as of October 31):

  • DY7166 Tampa (TPA) 10:00pm Departure London (LGW) 9:55am (+1) Arrival
  • DY7165 London (GTW) 2:05pm Departure Tampa (TPA) 6:45pm Arrival

Fort Lauderdale to Madrid (2x per week as of October 30):

  • DY7752 Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 7:45pm Departure Madrid (MAD) 8:50am (+1) Arrival
  • DY7753 Madrid (MAD) 1:10pm Departure Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 4:45pm Arrival

Fort Lauderdale to Rome (2x per week as of October 30): 

  • DY7038 Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 4:50pm Departure Rome (FCO) 7:10am (+1) Arrival
  • DY7037 Rome (FCO) 8:30am Departure Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 1:45pm Arrival

More Domestic Options Coming to Frontier Later This Year

The skyline over the Ashley River in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by SeanPavonePhoto / Getty Images)
The skyline over the Ashley River in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by SeanPavonePhoto / Getty Images)

Details — Not to be outdone by the legacy carriers, Frontier Airlines announced a list of domestic flights it’s planning to launch later this year. Note that flights from San Diego (SAN) and from Orlando (MCO) to Pittsburgh (PIT) will be operated by an A321 and the Bloomington (BMI) to MCO and Charleston (CHS) to Minneapolis (MSP) routes will be served by an A319. All others will be operated by the carrier’s A320s.

  • Albany (ALB) – Denver (DEN), 2x per week as of September 17
  • Albany (ALB) – Orlando (MCO), 3x per week as of October 2
  • Austin (AUS) – Louisville (SDF), 2x per week as of August 13
  • Austin (AUS) – Orange County (SNA), 3x per week as of August 14
  • Bloomington (BMI) – Denver (DEN), 2x per week as of September 24
  • Bloomington (BMI) – Orlando (MCO), 3x per week as of October 2
  • Charleston (CHS) – Minneapolis(MSP), 2x per week as of August 15
  • Greenville (GSP) – Denver (DEN), 2x per week as of September 8
  • Greenville (GSP) – Orlando (MCO), 2x per week as of September 8
  • Greenville (GSP) – Las Vegas (LAS), 2x per week as of September 8
  • Greenville (GSP) – Tampa (TPA), schedule TBD
  • Las Vegas (LAS) – Calgary (YYC), 2x per week as of August 15
  • Las Vegas (LAS) – Norfolk (ORF), 3x per week as of August 13, then 2x per week as of September 14
  • Las Vegas (LAS) – Spokane (GEG), 2x per week as of August 14
  • Orlando (MCO) – Ontario (ONT), daily as of August 13
  • Orlando (MCO) – Pittsburgh (PIT), 2x per week as of August 13
  • San Antonio (SAT) – Orange County (SNA), 4x per week as of August 13
  • San Antonio (SAT) – Salt Lake City (SLC), 2x per week as of August 15
  • San Diego (SAN) – Cleveland (CLE), 2x per week as of August 15
  • San Diego (SAN) – Indianapolis (IND), 2x per week as of August 13
  • San Diego (SAN) – Milwaukee (MKE), 3x per week as of August 12
  • San Diego (SAN) – Pittsburgh (PIT), 2x per week as of August 15
  • San Diego (SAN) – Raleigh-Durham (RDU), 2x per week as of August 15

Spirit Airlines Sets Its Sights on the Caribbean, Central and South America

Stroll among the colorful buildings in Cartagena, Colombia. (Photo by Jesse Kraft / EyeEm / Getty Images)
Stroll among the colorful buildings in Cartagena, Colombia. (Photo by Jesse Kraft / EyeEm / Getty Images)

Details — Spirit Airlines recently announced plans for a major expansion from Orlando (MCO) to several destinations throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America expected to take place starting this October. The airline also released information about a number of domestic flights it’s got in the works for later this year.

  • Orlando (MCO) – Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (BQN), daily as of October 4
  • Orlando (MCO) – Bogota, Colombia (BOG), daily as of November 8
  • Orlando (MCO) – Cartagena, Colombia (CTG), 2x per week as of November 10
  • Orlando (MCO) – Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA), 2x per week as of October 4
  • Orlando (MCO) – Medellin, Colombia (MDE), 1x per week as of November 9
  • Orlando (MCO) – Panama City, Panama (PTY), 4x per week as of October 4
  • Orlando (MCO) – Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ), 4x per week as of October 4, with daily flights from November 8
  • Orlando (MCO) – San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO), 4x per week as of October 5, with daily flights from November 8
  • Orlando (MCO) – San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP), 2x per week as of October 5
  • Orlando (MCO) – San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL), 2x per week as of October 6
  • Orlando (MCO) – St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands (STT), 3x per week as of November 8

Domestic Flights Coming to Spirit Airlines This Fall:

  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL) – Kansas City (MCI), 4x per week as of November 9, with 3x per week from November 30 (seasonal)
  • Myrtle Beach (MYR) – Baltimore (BWI), 2x per week as of November 10
  • Myrtle Beach (MYR) – Orlando (MCO), 2x per week as of November 10
  • Newark (EWR) – Atlanta (ATL), daily as of September 6
  • Orlando (MCO) – Asheville, North Carolina (AVL), 3x per week as of September 7, with 4x per week from November 8
  • Orlando (MCO) – Greensboro, North Carolina (GSO), 3x per week as of September 7, with 4x per week from November 8
  • Orlando (MCO) – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (MYR), 2x per week as of November 10
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – Fort Myers (RSW), 3x per week as of December 13 (seasonal)
  • Philadelphia (PHL) – Tampa (TPA), 4x per week as of December 14 (seasonal)
  • West Palm Beach (PBI) – Detroit (DTW), 4x per week as of December 21 (seasonal)

Which of these new routes are you most excited about?

Featured photo by sorincolac / Getty Images.

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