Avelo launching West Palm Beach while others cut Florida flights

Our weekly look at changes in Florida commercial aviation.

First this week’s good news:

Avelo will add West Palm Beach to its network with nonstops from New Haven this winter.

Frontier will continue to fly nonstop from Tampa to Portland (ME) and Raleigh/Durham year round. They will also fly Orlando-Colorado Springs and Orlando-Little Rock year round.

Azul Brazilian Airlines will resume Orlando service in October and will increase Fort Lauderdale service to daily. It is worth remembering before COVID-19, Azul had several daily flights to both Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, but as we know both Brazil and Florida have been especially hard hit by COVID-19 and pre-COVID service levels on these routes are unlikely to return for years.

Now the cuts:

Alaska Airlines has zeroed out nonstop flights from San Francisco and San Diego to Fort Lauderdale from January. until March. When coupled with United’s cancellation of Fort Lauderdale-San Francisco flights until mid-December, JetBlue will have less competition than usual on that route until at least the end of March.

Sun Country won’t fly to Fort Myers this winter from St Louis.

Frontier has until January cut the following Florida routes. Fort Myers-Newark, Miami-Ontario (CA), Miami-Trenton, Orlando-Austin and Tampa-Boston.

American and JetBlue’s service to Havana (AA from Miami, B6 from Fort Lauderdale) will be flown sub-daily in November.

Now for the really bad news:

Spirit Airlines which in 2020 was the nation’s fifth largest carrier in terms of passengers carried (and the only major airline based in Florida)reportedly will be downsizing its proposed new HQ complex near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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