New Routes Arriving This Week from United, Frontier, Emirates and More
Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.
· Spirit Airlines:
Just the other day—as in yesterday—Spirit Airlines was celebrating yet another new route, as they continue to build quite the following in and out of Dallas-Ft. Worth. This week they’re flying a short distance from DFW right over to Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport. The plan is to head back and forth a couple times per day. We guess the response for these flights has been strong, as the airline is already looking to expand to and from Houston as well. Starting on October 4 they’ll be linking the city to both Chicago and Las Vegas. Again, when it comes to Spirit just watch those fees—flyer beware.
Obviously we’d prefer to talk about United’s plans to span the globe with a new long-haul route, but we’ve got enough new route love to go around—even for a few regional flights. The new flights will do their thing out of the airline’s hub over in Cleveland, as the plan is to link the city with both Nashville and Oklahoma City. All the flying fun will take place thanks to a little help from some 50-seaters operated by the folks over at ExpressJet. Nashville’s daily flights start up on December 19, but you’ll have to wait until Valentine’s Day of 2013 in order to take advantage of the new daily flights over to OKC.
New options are coming from Frontier, but just remember that you better book your flights directly on their website—or else. The carrier just started flying some nonstop flights between Colorado Springs and San Diego, and if all goes according to plan they’ll continue to do so three times per week. Right before Thanksgiving the frequency will be bumped up to four times per week, so hopefully you can find something that works with your schedule. All the flying will be done with the carrier’s furry-animal-tailed Airbus A319s.
There’s no in-flight shower available on this new route from Emirates, but we guess we’d fly with them even without the ability to lather up at 35,000 feet. Nonstop options between Washington Dulles International and Dubai are now available each and every day of the week, as Emirates is sending passengers, planes, and pilots back and forth aboard a few of their Boeing 777-200LRs. The flights will depart the nifty fifty around 11am local time, and they’ll arrive over in Dubai at roughly 8am the following day—local time. On the way back you’ll be leaving at like 2:30am, but will get back to Washington at just before 9am on the same day—all times local.
Unfortunately we don’t have any new information regarding Allegiant and their cheapo flights over to Hawaii, but nonetheless there’s some new route news to share. The low cost carrier is getting ready to link paying passengers between Phoenix-Mesa and Casper—that’s in Wyoming—beginning on December 20. The flights will run two times per week, and that’s pretty much it—happy flying!
[Photos: InSapphoWeTrust and Mr. T in DC]