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Allegiant, Virgin America and Delta Bring the New Routes This Week

September 28, 2012 at 10:21 AM | by | Comment (1)

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.

· Virgin America:
If you’re looking for somewhere warm this winter there’s always Palm Springs, and thanks to Virgin America it’s now available nonstop from New York-JFK. The airline has been connecting passengers over to PSP for quite some time, but it’s only been a nonstop option out of San Francisco during the cooler months. The new nonstop flight between New York City and Palm Springs will be a seasonal affair, and the plan is to do the flight once per week on Saturdays beginning on December 22. There’s always the option to fly through San Francisco on your way to Palm Springs, but we’ve got to say—nothing beats a nonstop option.

· Delta:
There’s quite a bit of an oil boom going on in North Dakota, so it’s time for the airlines to start cashing in. It might not be the ideal route for a weekend getaway—especially in the winter—but Delta is banking that plenty of business folks are interested in swinging into Williston, North Dakota. The airline is adding a pair of nonstop flights each and every day of the week, as they do their thing between Williston and their base over at Minneapolis-St. Paul. The new service in and out of Sloulin Field International Airport will start up on November 12, and there are even plans to drag in a trailer to add some additional space to the terminal—we’re thinking that means no pre-flight Starbucks.

· Allegiant:
The winter weather is closer than you can imagine, and that’s especially the case over in ski resort town of Telluride. Allegiant is getting ready to fly to the Colorado city, and the plan is to head right into Telluride Montrose Regional Airport beginning this winter. Nonstop flights will be available from both Oakland and Phoenix-Mesa, so the flights should be pretty convenient for those passengers with ski goggles and mittens in their carry-on bags. Flights will do their thing a couple times a week—looks like Wednesdays and Saturdays—and will run between December 15 and April 3.

· Air Arabia Maroc:
Get ready to check out Morocco, as things are getting a little bit easier thanks to Air Arabia Maroc. The carrier is planning to link London-Gatwick with both Casablanca and Tangier. The flights are set to start heading back and forth starting on October 28, and there will be five flights per week between the new city pairs. It sounds like Airbus A320s will do the heavy lifting between the United Kingdom and Morocco, and you might even enjoy a 32” seat pitch. It seems that Air Arabia Maroc is especially proud of their slightly roomier coach cabin.

· ANA:
So this might not exactly be a new route, but All Nippon Airways—or ANA to their friends—is putting down the foundation for several more new options. Apparently the carrier is pretty darn happy with what they’ve seen so far aboard the Boeing 787, so they just called up Boeing and ordered some more planes. They’re ordering eleven new Boeing 787-9s, but these slightly longer models are still far from delivery. However, we’re sure that all these new planes will only allow for some new route announcements in the near future.

[Photos: Jaunted and gTarded]

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Williston

All Williston needs is some hotels now, every time I've been there I had stay hours away.

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