This week’s Florida commercial aviation news

With much of the nation dropping all Covid restrictions (whether this is wise or not can be debated) and the rising costs of fuel, airlines are emphasizing re-ramping up service to business markets like Boston, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Therefore additions to Florida are limited and as we’ve talked about previously the RASM performance of many routes to Florida during the last year have been as bad as it gets as the state has attracted bottom-feeding, fare-conscious tourists.

Frontier has extended its schedule through next winter. Most Florida routes are returning though some more routes to smaller stations like Orlando-Sioux Falls and Fort Lauderdale-Green Bay will not return.

Spirit is suspending Fort Lauderdale-Managua until May.

Allegiant won’t fly Austin-West Palm Beach in April.

Many long-haul flights have been scrapped on US and western European carriers due to the closure of Russian airspace – however, Florida has been unaffected by these flights. But as a matter of principle, it should be noted that flights on Emirates and Qatar Airways that land in Florida are still using Russian airspace. In fact, the UAE, the home nation of Emirates Airline (Emirates is not the state-owned carrier, Etihad Airways which does not fly to Florida is) is tilting toward Russia in this crisis and Emirates has actually increased flights to Russia since the invasion of Ukraine.

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