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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.
· Alaska Airlines:
We’re pretty sure that we’ve mentioned this in the past, but now it’s time for Alaska Airlines to finally start the flying. In total it looks like this week—and this weekend—is when Alaska Airlines is starting up three new nonstop options between west coast cities and the island of Hawaii. Portland—the one in Oregon—got their very own flight over to Kauai earlier in the week, and yesterday was the day for nonstop flights to begin between Maui and Bellingham, Washington.
Finally, for those that really need an escape from the cooler temperatures there’s also a nonstop option between Anchorage, Alaska and Kona over on Hawaii’s Big Island that starts tomorrow. All of the new options are seasonal, so get your flying in before they disappear around the middle of next April.
· Southwest Airlines:
It isn’t exactly time for Southwest Airlines to start flying internationally just yet, but some new flights down to Puerto Rico seem like a step in the right direction. San Juan is going to be the carrier’s first city outside the continental United States, as they’re planning to start heading there as soon as April. Nonstop flights will arrive in San Juan from both Orland and Tampa beginning on April 14, 2013. Tampa will be getting one daily flight, and Orlando scores most of the flights with three daily roundtrip options.
It sounds like this is all part of Southwest taking over some AirTran routes, but as of now it is just these city pairs that will be getting the blue-bellied planes. No plans for Mexico—or Hawaii—just yet, but again flying over the water for this first time is a good start.