New Airline Routes for 2017 – Southwest to Mexico + Las Vegas to Middle East

2017 is shaping up to be a great year for travelers. More routes means more competition. Additional competition means we should start seeing cheaper prices on said route.

Here are some of the new routes that I found interesting:

Southwest Airlines (Starting June 4th)

— Minneapolis/St. Paul – Nashville – 1 daily
— Newark – Indianapolis – 2 daily
— Newark – Oakland – 1 daily
— Portland OR – San Francisco – 3 daily
— San Diego – Boise – 1 daily
— San Diego – Indianapolis – 1 daily seasonal service
— San Diego – Newark – 1 daily seasonal service
— San Diego – Salt Lake City – 1 daily
— San Diego – Spokane – 1 daily
— San Jose CA – Reno/Tahoe – 1 daily

 

It looks like Southwest is really investing into San Diego service which is nice since SAN doesn’t have a major carrier. An exciting new route is Oakland to Newark, the first Southwest route from New York City to Northern California. Southwest operates from Newark (EWR) and LaGuardia (LGA), however not at Kennedy Airport (JFK). LaGuardia airport is limited to flights no further than 1,500 miles which means West Coast cities can only fly into JFK or EWR.

Southwest is rolling out some more sweet routes starting June 4th:

— Ft. Lauderdale – Belize City 1 daily
— Ft. Lauderdale – Cancun 1 daily
— Ft. Lauderdale – Montego Bay 1 daily
— Ft. Lauderdale – Philadelphia 1 daily
— Ft. Lauderdale – Washington Dulles 1 daily
— Tampa – New York LaGuardia 2 daily
Denver – Pensacola twice weekly – Sat & Sun
— Cincinnati – Baltimore/Washington 3 daily
— Cincinnati – Chicago Midway 5 daily

 

I am excited to see the Denver to Pensacola service. Currently, Dallas is the ‘most western’ airport with a non-stop option. Adding DEN to PNS is great for West Coasters wanting to visit the Florida Panhandle.

The Fort Lauderdale to Cancun route is the first Florida airport serving Mexico on Southwest Airlines. Currently, Florida residents wanting to fly Southwest to Mexico would have to connect in Houston, Austin or Atlanta.

Starting February 12th, Southwest is launching Oakland service to BOTH San Jose Del Cabo and Puerto Vallarta. There will be one flight a day to each city, each flight leaving mid-morning.

 

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Cabo is gorgeous!

 

American Airlines

New American Airline service starting June 2nd:

— Chicago O’Hare – Bozeman 1 daily – until October 4th, 2017
— Dallas/Ft. Worth – Billings 1 daily
— Dallas/Ft. Worth – Traverse City 1 daily – until Aug 21st, 2017
— Los Angeles – Medford 1 daily
— Phoenix – Eugene 1 daily
— Phoenix – Jackson Hole 1 daily – until Aug 21st, 2017
— Phoenix – Medford 1 daily

Nice to see more options coming to Montana and Wyoming on American Airlines. United and Delta have a large presence in those two states due to the proximity of their hubs (Salt Lake and Denver).

 

Delta

Delta is putting even more pressure on the Seattle market. Check out these new routes from Seattle starting in the Spring/Summer. (and Winter for Hawaii)

  • Three daily flights to Eugene, OR Airport beginning April 1
  • Two daily flights to Redmond, OR Municipal Airport beginning June 12
  • One daily flight to Nashville International Airport beginning May 26
  • One daily flight to Austin Bergstrom International Airport beginning June 12
  • One daily flight to Raleigh-Durham International Airport beginning June 8
  • One daily flight to Lihue Airport in Kauai Hawaii, beginning Dec. 21
  • A daily flight to General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee beginning March 9

It is nice to see a second option from Seattle to Nashville. Currently that route is served by a once daily flight on Alaska Airlines.

 

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Kauai Hawaii

 

Doha, Qatar

Qatar Airways announced their new non-stop service to Las Vegas. This Middle East route to Sin City will begin on January 8th, 2018. You can catch this Boeing 777-200LR flight four times a week. Expect to be in the air about 15 hours and 30 minutes, make sure to pack some good reading material.

 

Sacramento to San Jose Del Cabo – Starting June 10th

This is great news for Sacramento area flyers. The only direct flight now offered to Mexico from SMF is to Guadalajara, operated by Volaris and AeroMexico. Alaska Airlines announced they are launching a once weekly flight to Cabo! This flight will only run on Saturday, but it may be better than connecting in Los Angeles or Phoenix.

Remember, you can use British Airways Avios miles to book Alaska Airlines non-stop flights. This flight from Sacramento to Cabo will only require 10,000 Avios one-way. That is a better option than 15,000 miles with American or 17,500 with Delta.