Category Transport Issues

Alaska Airlines ramping up Florida service

Alaska Airlines is adding several new routes from the West Coast to Florida this winter. The Seattle-based airline is adding new nonstops service from Los Angeles to Tampa and Fort Myers. Additionally, Alaska is beginning new nonstops linking Fort Lauderdale with both San Diego and Portland, Oregon. All flights begin November 20. Alaska Airlines already […]

#COVID-19 fallout: International airline service to/from Florida in June (May 31 update)

This week’s update includes sad news about TAME, Ecuador’s state-owned carrier which is being liquidated. Fort Lauderdale was the last destination served in the USA by Tame. Aeroflot Miami- Moscow (SVO) SUSPENDED (normally 4x weekly) Aeromexico Miami-Mexico City Once weekly effective June 15 (normally once daily) Orlando-Mexico City Twice weekly effective June 15 (normally 10x […]

#COVID-19 fallout – update on international air services to/from Florida in June

International airlines are slowly beginning to resume service to and from the Sunshine State in June. Here is a sampling of the latest updates. We will attempt to post updates to this every Sunday or Monday until most normal service resumes. Air Canada Fort Lauderdale-Montreal 4x a week (normally twice daily) Fort Lauderdale – Toronto […]

Florida aviation in 2005 – Part 1

I recently engaged in a labor intensive analysis of multiple Official Airline Guides (OAG) copies from 2005 of routes to/from Florida. This was the era between several major airline failures and the most recent consolidation of the industry which also has spawned a new era of low cost carriers. Below is an analysis of the […]

Florida’s commercial aviation future post airline-bailout

Florida’s economy which remains highly dependent of tourism is going to take a major hit thanks to COVID-19. The question now is whether or not the recovery here can be as swift as in other parts of the nation with more diversified economies. That largely depends on how aggressively airlines restore service to Florida after […]

Airline bailout – an industry that’s been given every advantage in the world asks for more help.

President Trump has been floating a bailout of the Airline industry as part of his Coronavirus response. I respect that the downturn in demand for global travel has left the industry on the brink, but it’s an industry that thanks to the last four administrations, and particularly the last two have been given every advantage […]

Delta’s latest Miami hub attempt more likely to succeed

Last week, Delta Airlines announced the resumption of multiple domestic routes from Miami that had been previously pulled down. These resumptions signaled the latest attempt by Delta to compete with American Airlines in southeast Florida, either by directly engaging AA at its massive Miami hub or building up services in nearby Fort Lauderdale. While each […]

Flying to Europe to/from Florida may get more expensive soon

Norwegian Air Shuttle who have revolutionized air travel between Europe and North America applying a low cost carrier model is slashing several routes to the state. While that’s good news for legacy full service airlines, it’s bad news for cost conscious travelers who don’t fly premium services across the Atlantic and could hurt Florida’s tourism […]

Long overdue US 301 bypass roads nearing completion

Several years ago FDOT finally decided to go forward with two projects that have made sense for at least thirty years. Truck bypasses of US 301 around both Starke and Baldwin which are on the busy route between Ocala and the Georgia border. In particular, Starke has long needed a bypass. Anybody who has shot […]

I-75 congestion makes Suncoast Parkway and Turnpike extensions logical – but Heartland Parkway remains unnecessary

Note: This is a follow up to our general piece on expressways in Florida as Senate President Galvano makes the biggest highway building spree in this state since the 1960’s, his priority. It can be strongly argued the most congested and dangerous stretch of interstate highway in Florida is I-75 between Lake City and Wildwood. […]