Breeze adding Vero Beach and other recent Florida airline news

Breeze Airways will launch service to Vero Beach in February with daily nonstops to Hartford/Springfield and twice-weekly flights to White Plains. This is a huge get for Vero Beach and the Treasure Coast in general.

The airline which had previously focused on Tampa as its focal point in Florida, will also add Orlando to Akron-Canton/Fayetville-Bentonville/Hunstville/Tulsa nonstops that month.

Wilmington, Delaware is a new Avelo crew base and feature nonstops to five Florida cities starting in February – Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach

Sun Country will add Melbourne-Minneapolis/St Paul flights, twice-weekly on February 3.

Lufthansa is strangely handing Orlando-Frankfurt nonstops over to its low-cost Eurowings subsidiary for the winter IATA season. Lufthansa mainline service will resume in late March. Similarly, Virgin Atlantic won’t fly Orlando-Edinburgh in 2023 according to the most recent schedule data. Norse Atlantic has pulled the plug two weeks early on Orlando-Oslo flights (which were scheduled to end October 30) though they are under consideration to return in late March. The airline has also reduced its Fort Lauderdale-Oslo nonstops to just twice weekly through the winter, but will launch Fort Lauderdale-Berlin flights in December. British Airways is moving Orlando-London flights completely back to Gatwick on December 1.

Spirit Airlines shareholders approved the carrier’s proposed merger with jetBlue Airways this week and also announced new service from both Fort Lauderdale and Orlando to Norfolk to begin in March. Also of note, jetBlue has dropped Fort Lauderdale-Phoenix (Sky Harbor) nonstops and Spirit has begun the same route. Coincidence or a little bit of pre-merger collusion/cooperation?

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