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This Week's New Routes News: WestJet, easyJet, and Virgin America

February 15, 2013 at 9:19 AM | by | ()

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.

· WestJet:
We haven’t heard too much from the folks over at WestJet lately, but apparently that’s just because they have been busy planning some new options. This week it sounds like they’re coming to visit us here in the United States, as they’re getting ready for some new flights to spots like Myrtle Beach and Dallas. Starting on May 2 there will be nonstop flights between Toronto and Myrtle Beach a couple times per week, as it looks like Thursdays and Sundays will be the days for flying. If you want to head to Dallas instead—they’ve got you covered—as WestJet will be linking Calgary with Big D beginning on April 29 each and every day of the week. These are destinations number 19 and 20 for WestJet to the United States, and we say keep ‘em coming!

· Virgin America:
It’s a double-dose of new route news out of Virgin America this week, so we thought we’d mention it one more time. Up first are their plans to link San Francisco with Austin beginning on May 21. Tickets are already up for sale, so if you’re looking to head between SFO and AUS they’ve got you covered. The next planned route for the carrier is some seasonal service up to Alaska, as they’re thinking about connecting San Francisco with Anchorage. Those flights will head back and forth like six times per week, and things will run all summer long between June 6 and September 9. Tickets are already up for sale—one-way fares between SFO and AUS will set you back as little as $89, but it’s going to be $199 between SFO and ANC.

· easyJet:
When it comes to a weekend getaway over in Europe, it’s probably hard to beat heading off to Venice. Thankfully heading off to Venezia just got a little bit easier, as it sounds like easyJet is ready to head in and out of the city’s airport. The flights started heading back and for this week, as easyJet is connecting London Southend Airport with Venice on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. If that airport isn’t the most convenient for you—don’t worry—as easyJet also flies out of London-Gatwick over to Venice once a week.

· Hawaiian Airlines:
Hawaiian Airlines has been pretty darn busy when it comes to expanding their reach throughout Asia, and now it looks like they’re at it again. This time the carrier has its sights on Japan, as they’re thinking about adding a fifth destination to and from the country. The plan is to link Honolulu with Sendai beginning on June 25 and running the flights three times per week. Things are still pending government approval, but Hawaiian Airlines is already reading some of their Boeing 767s to do the flying across the Pacific. Once things take to the skies it sounds like Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays will be when the flights depart from Hawaii towards Japan.

· Alaska Airlines:
Hopefully Alaska Airlines is hard at work painting one of their planes in some snazzy new colors, but apparently they still have time to organize some new route options. This week it sounds like they decided to fly between Portland—the one in Oregon—and Fairbanks, Alaska. It’s going to be seasonal service, as the weather is just a little bit better during the summer months. Things will start heading back and forth beginning on June 9, and the flying fun will come to an end for the season on September 2. To celebrate the new service they’re even offering up some introductory airfare deals, as one-way tickets can be had for as little as $179—just be sure to book before February 16 to score the deal.

[Photos: abdallahh and CLDoyle]

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