As AirTran and Southwest Airlines get closer and closer to becoming one big happy airline there’s some new routes to talk about. The AirTran arm of the combined carrier will be starting new service—two flights per day—into Puerto Rico from Ft. Lauderdale beginning on May 24. We don’t have room for all of the new flight information, so check out Nuts About Southwest for all the juicy details.
However, we did want to mention that AirTran has filed the paperwork to fly from San Antonio to both Cancun and Mexico City starting in May of 2012. They’re also thinking about heading down to Cabo San Lucas and Mexico City out of Orange County, California next June. These options need to get the official okay from government officials, but we’re thinking they’re pretty much good to go.
· Qatar Airways:
There’s lots on tap for Qatar Airways, as the airline just announced their plans on where to go and where to fly once 2012 rolls around. From their home in Doha—home of the 2022 World Cup—the airline will now connect people and planes to Perth, Australia; Helsinki, Finland; Zagreb, Croatia; and Gassim, Saudi Arabia. The airline didn’t forget about Africa either, as the plan is to link Tanzania, Rwanda, and Kenya with Doha as well. With plenty of soccer to be had we can see all these flights working, but until then we’ll just assume that Qatar Airways knows what they’re doing.
Bad news—Air France is getting rid of their nonstop option between Seattle and Paris. However, no need to cry over a broken baguette, as SkyTeam partner Delta is bringing the flight back. The day after the flight ends Delta will start a new nonstop option between the two cities, and the plan is to use some Boeing 767s to head back and forth. The Delta flights start doing their thing next March, so if you thought your trip to Europe was in jeopardy—you’re fine!