Category Transport Issues

French Bee adding Miami-Paris service and other commercial aviation news

French Bee will make Miami its fourth US destination when it launches three-times-a-week nonstops from Miami to Paris-Orly on December 15. Avelo has cancelled plans to serve Charleston from Orlando. Allegiant will add Fort Lauderdale-Akron/Canton nonstops beginning in December. Flair will discontinue nonstops between Fort Lauderdale and Ottawa effective in July. SAS will resume Miami-Stockholm […]

JetBlue counters Spirit rejection: They up the ante and launch information war

Governor Ron DeSantis made an issue of Twitter’s board letting down its shareholders while initially rejecting Elon Musk’s offer. Twitter is based in California. Yet DeSantis stayed silent while Spirit, a Florida-based corporation had a board which very clearly and deliberately rejected what most analysts see as a better merger offer from jetBlue in favor […]

Delta resuming Orlando-Amsterdam amid lots of cuts elsewhere

Delta will resume Amsterdam-Orlando service in winter, a seasonal route that will operate through March 2023. The route is targeted toward European visitors to Central Florida, particularly British visitors who can conveniently avoid London’s messy Heathrow by jumping on a KLM flight from a secondary UK point and then transferring to Delta’s service. KLM and […]

Florida’s growing toll road racket

Florida is now per some data, the most expensive place to live in the US. One thing many non-Floridians don’t realize is the number of toll roads in the state, which has the most miles of toll roads in the nation, with many more in the construction or planning stages. The proposed toll roads threaten […]

Cuts, cuts, cuts and some nice new adds – Commercial aviation in Florida this summer and fall facing major cutbacks

Spirit Airlines is cutting all service to Pensacola outright this summer Other Spirit summer cuts Fort Lauderdale-Indianapolis/Louisville/Managua/Pensacola Miami-Raleigh-Durham/Tegucigalpa Orlando-Minneapolis-St Paul/Montego Bay/Raleigh-Durham/Rochester/ Tampa-Houston-Bush/Philadelphia JetBlue dropping Miami-Hartford, West Palm Beach – Frontier Orlando cuts : cutting nonstops this summer to Harlingen/Wilmington, DE/Little Rock/Pensacola this summer Southwest is dropping Denver-Fort Lauderdale/Miami this summer. Both flights return in October. […]

New Norwegian carrier Norse Atlantic to launch Fort Lauderdale and Orlando service this summer

This weekend we’re going to go through the extensive list of domestic flight cuts from Florida that have been loaded for the summer – it’s quite depressing and we’re still working on accumulating the list. But in a piece of good news, Norse Atlantic, a new startup Norwegian carrier we mentioned setting up a US […]

Delta adding Fort Lauderdale-Seattle and other Florida aviation news

It’s been a few weeks since we looked at route changes because the flux in the commercial aviation industry due to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine made it difficult to track changes. In fact, many flights that were temporarily taken down, have been restored as oil prices, while high, aren’t as high as feared. Delta […]

Spirit and jetBlue will discuss merger despite Spirt’s previous agreement with Frontier

Throughout Thursday, I had sources tell me despite almost universal claims from analysts that a Spirit and jetBlue merger is a bad deal, the board of Spirit had a fiduciary duty to see what wiggle room they had in the binding merger agreement with Frontier to open discussions with jetBlue. Early this morning, we got […]

JetBlue and Spirit compete on 50 Nonstop Florida routes! But majority touch Fort Lauderdale, meaning proposed merger likely pro-competitive otherwise

So basically looking at this, from a Florida perspective outside Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and maybe Orlando (MCO), this proposed merger is pro-competitive. A total of nine routes overlap outside of ones that touch FLL or MCO. This overlap is far less worrying, again outside FLL than the already agreed upon Frontier/Spirit merger. To/From Fort Myers […]

Why did jetBlue make an unsolicited bid to buy Spirit? It’s Florida stupid…

Wall Street was rocked yesterday by jetBlue Airways’ (B6) unsolicited bid to buy Spirit Airlines (NK) which has already agreed to merge with Frontier Airlines. JetBlue is based in New York and Spirit is based in Broward County, though the State of Florida has twice failed in its efforts to have JetBlue relocate its HQ […]