Category Transport Issues

Avelo Airlines launching Daytona Beach and Melbourne services

Ultra-low cost carrier Avelo Airlines has had lots of success thus far with its Orlando base as well as other Florida ops from Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, West Palm Beach and Sarasota/Bradenton. The carrier has linked major Florida cities with under-served markets along the east coast and in the midwest (with the exception of […]

Avelo beefing up Orlando and some worrying Florida commercial aviation news

New Services Avelo Airlines is starting three new routes from Orlando – Greenville/Spartanburg, a logical one, but then two incredible odd-balls. Brownsville, Texas which through the years has had virtually no commercial air service and then the relatively new, and previously un-served Mobile-Downtown Airport which is a white elephant of sorts. To this point Avelo […]

Fort Lauderdale Terminal 5 project moves forward…but I thought they needed merger antitrust approval for JetBlue to grow?

Last month TLC Engineers released renderings of the recently-commissioned Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) Terminal 5. This is an interesting development as T5 will be used exclusively by JetBlue, the same airline constantly claiming that they need to get antitrust approval for their merger with Spirit to grow. Apparently, not. In any event these are […]

Breeze, Spirit, El Al, Southwest, Alaska all ramping up Florida service, Norse Atlantic beginning London to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando nonstops

Breeze Airways have announced several new nonstops to/from Florida beginning in May. Spirit will add a fifth daily Orlando-San Juan nonstop and a second daily Fort Lauderdale-San Juan nonstop in June. Ironically both routes compete with jetBlue whom Spirit is in a proposed merger agreement with. JetBlue flies five times daily from both Orlando and […]

Facing potential DOJ scrutiny, JetBlue plans a mega-hub at Fort Lauderdale (including European flights) and will launch new Tallahassee service in 2024.

JetBlue Airways as we discussed on Sunday is likely facing some serious antitrust scrutiny for its proposed merger with Spirit Airlines in the near future. Today the announced long-term plans to grow their Fort Lauderdale base into what would effectively be a the type of mega hub with a critical mass of destinations that could […]

As antitrust scrutiny rises, jetBlue makes bizarre promises (they likely cannot keep)

As the Department of Justice appears increasingly likely to file a lawsuit in the next few months to block to impending jetBlue/Spirit merger (note, I love Merrick Garland because unlike his last six predecessors he actually enforces antitrust laws, so the fact so many Democratic activists don’t like him because of something something Donald Trump, […]

Florida Commercial Aviation in 2023 – What changes might come?

In 2022, Florida experienced a correction in air service, as most of the nation opened back up, and much of the excess capacity airlines poured into Florida in 2021 was pulled down. Florida’s five busiest airports (Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Fort Myers) became overly-congested and delay-prone. Additionally Hurricane Ian has led to further, […]

Rethinking the Turnpike: Rebooting printed Turnpike system maps

Between 1957 and about 2010, Turnpike system maps were an essential part of the Turnpike experience. Having a fold out map of the system with critical information should be part of the turnpike experience. Here are some images from one from 2009 or 2010, the last one printed. In the past as we have posted […]

The Turnpike’s yesteryear – some images

Below are images from two state-printed classic maps of The Florida Turnpike and Sunshine State Parkway.

Rethinking the Turnpike introduction

The Florida Turnpike should be more than a highway – it should be a cultural marker for Florida, a way to build a collective state identity as well as promote the state’s greatest features to tourists. The Turnpike should be Florida’s biggest and best billboard for visitors once they visit, and easier to navigate than […]