Category Transport Issues

Who owns which toll roads?

My post yesterday on Governor DeSantis and his toll rebate program has caused more confusion than intended. Here’s a quick look at who owns which toll roads in the State of Florida Florida Turnpike Enterprise (covered by DeSantis program) Florida Turnpike Homestead Extension (SR 821) Polk Parkway (SR 570) Suncoast Parkway & Veterans Expressway (SR […]

DeSantis and toll roads – the end of the romance shows, performance art > governing for him

The most blatant pandering possible was undertaken by Governor Ron DeSantis this week as he announced in Orlando. DeSantis claims the six-month program, essentially a toll rebate for frequent Sun Pass users, will save commuters an estimated $38 million. Ironically, despite being announced in Orlando, most toll roads in Orange County are NOT covered by […]

JetBlue takes a scalp to Ft Lauderdale flying, plus other changes

Two weeks after touting the probable size of its Fort Lauderdale base after its proposed merger with Spirit is completed, JetBlue is cutting TEN nonstop routes permanently from Fort Lauderdale. Several however, are currently flown by Spirit. The ten cities are: Aruba, Cartagena, Chicago, Cleveland, Grand Cayman, Phoenix, Providenciales, Portland (OR), Saint Maarteen and Seattle. […]

Frontier cuts a whopping 27 nonstop Florida routes for this summer

Less than a week after failing in its bid to acquire Florida-based Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines is taking a scalp to this winter’s Florida flying plans. The following routes will not be flown this winter and have been zeroed out in reservation systems in the last week. Fort Lauderdale- Green Bay/Portland (ME)/Rochester/Syracuse Fort Myers- Buffalo/Indianapolis/Islip/Omaha/Portland […]

What Florida routes do Spirit and JetBlue compete on?

The total is 50, though the vast majority touch Fort Lauderdale (many are international routes). DOJ may not have much to pick at here to be honest, as they look at potential regulatory approval of the merger. To/From Fort Myers (2) Boston, Newark To/From Fort Lauderdale (28) Aguadilla, Aruba, Atlanta, Austin, Bogota, Boston, CancĂșn, Cartagena, […]

Earthquake in Florida commercial aviation: jetBlue will buy Spirit. Major ramifications for the Sunshine State (UPDATED)

UPDATE: (11:15am July 28)The below text has appeared on JetBlue’s merger website: Original article: After a long soap opera that started in early February, the last 24 hours have been a whirlwind, where predictably, Spirit shareholders rejected the company’s board recommendation to merge with Frontier, and now the Broward County-based airline, will instead merge with […]

American relaunching secondary Cuban cities and other aviation news

Thanks to the Biden Administrations decision to allow service once against from the USA to secondary Cuban cities, American will relaunch a number of Miami-Cuba flights, to five secondary cities (Camaguey, HolguĂ­n, Santa Cruz, Santiago de Cuba and Varadero). No word yet if operationally strapped jetBlue who operated many of the same routes from Fort […]

Building Brightline’s bridges

Thanks to the excellent YouTube channel, the Roaming Railfan, we have some Brightline updates regarding bridge building on the West Palm Beach to Orlando section of tracks .

Virgin Atlantic likely adding Tampa, Norse Atlantic applies for Orlando and Fort Lauderdale to London

With operational problems plaguing the entire airline sector and Florida flight pull downs becoming more prevalent, it’s time for some good news. Sources tell me Virgin Atlantic will be launching Tampa service. I presume this means Tampa’s first ever flights to Heathrow Airport, as Virgin has halted service to Gatwick. A Heathrow link is critical […]

Letter to JetBlue shareholders from CEO Robin Hayes regarding Sprit

If you haven’t followed the news lately, the sweepstakes to buy Fort Lauderdale-area based Spirit Airlines has taken some wild turns the last week. Spirit’s board has agreed to merge with Frontier which as we wrote in February would create a massive ultra-low cost carrier, but an arguably superior offer from jetBlue is sitting on […]