Category Transport Issues

Airlines cutting Florida flights again thanks to recent COVID surge.

This week several airlines pulled down flights to Florida this fall and winter with COVID once again raging. This week jetBlue removed flights from Fort Lauderdale to the Pacific Northwest from its reservation system until the holiday season. Fort Lauderdale-Portland won’t operate until early-January, Fort Lauderdale-Seattle won’t return until mid-December. In addition jetBlue cut frequencies […]

Allegiant adding more Florida flights this winter

Low-cost carrier Allegiant Airlines is adding more Florida service this winter to Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Punta Gorda, Sarasota/Bradenton and West Palm Beach. Meanwhile Allegiant continues to grow its footprint in Sanford and St Peterrburg, two airports the carrier dominates. Additionally, sources tell me Allegiant is seriously exploring opening service to Miami, much […]

JetBlue says “no thank you” to Florida relocation

JetBlue Airways which for about a year now has seemed destined to relocate its corporate headquarters to either the Orlando or Fort Lauderdale has now confirmed it will stay in New York after what the airline termed a ” “an in-depth review and competitive bid process.” The airline will also reboot its efforts to build […]

Florida impacts of JetBlue/American alliance after six months

Let’s look at the impacts of the Northeast alliance between JetBlue Airways and American Airlines six months into implementation of what is essentially a single-entity airline now flying from New York and Boston to Florida. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reportedly stepped up its probe of the alliance. Competitors have complained that the alliance […]

Flashback 2005: Fort Lauderdale air service from OAG

Fort Lauderdale air service April 2005 – very different from today Very interesting to see how Fort Lauderdale (FLL) air service in 2005 contrasts with today.  – Only flight to South America was Avianca’s daily Fort Lauderdale-Bogota service (besides a once-daily flight to Guyana on now-defunct Guyana Airways) . Today FLL has somewhere in the […]

Canadian Ultra-Low Cost Carrier Flair to begin Fort Lauderdale and Orlando (Sanford) service this winter

Canadian Ultra-Low Cost Carrier announced its first US services on Thursday, with two Florida cities being included. The airline will servce four Canadian destinations from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and five from Orlando-Sanford (SFB) this winter. Destinations from FLL: Toronto (YYZ) Kitchener-Waterloo (YKF) Ottawa (YOW) Montreal (YUL) Destinations from SFB: Toronto (YYZ) Kitchener-Waterloo (YKF) Ottawa (YOW) […]

United adding Fort Myers to California nonstops

United Airlines, who last winter experimented with many point-to-point routes of Florida, are adding nonstop flights from Fort Myers to both Los Angeles and San Francisco. When COVID hit, Southwest Florida did not have a single nonstop flight to the Pacific Coast, but after Alaska Airlines added Fort Myers to both Seattle and Los Angeles […]

Spirit’s Miami decision another ominous sign for Fort Lauderdale & Broward County

UPDATE: On Thursday morning, Southwest Airlines loaded five resumptions of international destinations from Fort Lauderdale beginning roughly around the same time as Spirit’s foray into Miami this Fall. The assumption in this article and among that of many aviation analysts was that Southwest which has built up Miami recently at Fort Lauderdale’s expense may get […]

The American-JetBlue partnership and Florida: More competition and choices for consumers or collusion that stifles competition? It’s not really clear…

Last year, two financially struggling US airlines that vigorously compete with each other in the Northeast, Florida and on transcontinental flights announced a partnership that covers the New York and Boston markets. This week, the first pieces of the American-JetBlue partnership fell in place. American operates one the largest US airline hubs in Miami (in […]

South Florida’s incomplete mass transit (among other things) inhibits the region’s delusions of grandeur in attracting Californians and New Yorkers

We will have more info on the Miami billboard now in SF soon. It was *not* paid for by @FrancisSuarez / @cityofmiami — Rob Wile (@rjwile) February 18, 2021 In recent weeks, south Florida’s elected officials led by Miami Mayor Frances Suarez (a man skillfully adroit enough but also so lacking in actual political […]