Hobby to add two new Southwest nonstop flights

By Fernando Ramirez Published 1:11 pm, Friday, March 9, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 40', target_type: 'mix' }); Continue Reading

Delta, United, Southwest adding flights for Super Bowl LII

Delta, United and Southwest Airlines are beefing up nonstop service from Boston, Philadelphia and other major hubs to accommodate an anticipated crush of football fans flying in for Super Bowl LII and related activities. The carriers are focusing on the long weekend, from Friday, Feb. 2, to Monday, Feb. 5. Delta is adding 21 flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and Boston Logan and Philadelphia International Airport. Southwest also is adding a flight on the Friday before the Big Game from Boston to MSP and two outbound flights each from MSP to ­Boston and Philadelphia on that Monday. United will add 16 additional flights, including special routes from Boston, Philadelphia and Providence, R.I. It also is adding flights from hubs in Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. “We want United Airlines to be the first choice for football fans planning their travel to Minneapolis,” Grant Whitney, United’s vice president of domestic network planning, said in a statement. Continue Reading

Why Boston is the right — or wrong — location for Amazon’s HQ2

Boston and Somerville are going up against 19 other cities and regions in the race for Amazon’s HQ2. Here is what Boston has going for it, and some challenges officials may try to avoid talking too much about. PROS BRAIN POWER: All the high-caliber colleges and universities quickly add up to access to cutting-edge research and the talent to help it take off. TRANSATLANTIC: Based in Seattle, Amazon may want an East Coast headquarters that’s better in sync with its European operations, and routine nonstop flights from Logan International Airport could be another draw. DATA BANK: Although it’s known for its retail business, an increasing portion of Amazon’s revenue is coming from its data-storage business, a traditional strength of Massachusetts tech companies. CONS PAY UP: Boston and Massachusetts are unlikely to match the sky-high incentive offers made by other states, including $7 billion from New Jersey and $5 billion from Maryland. HOUSING CRUNCH: High housing costs and heavy traffic could make Boston a challenge for potential employees. SCATTER CITY: If Amazon wants a headquarters close to downtown, Suffolk Downs may be out, leaving the company with a smorgasbord of different sites that would have to be cobbled together to make enough room for the 50,000 employees. Continue Reading

Nonstop from Sacramento to Paris? Airport is aggressively pursuing first European airline

Buoyed by a record-setting 2017, Sacramento International Airport officials hope to up their game this year by finally landing a major European airline or two. Their offer: Bring us an international flight –nonstop across the Atlantic – and we’ll let you fly rent-free out of California’s capital for two years. A new county incentive package approved Tuesday in particular targets low-cost European carriers that recently have expanded their service to smaller U.S. airports, including Oakland and others in California. Local airport chief John Wheat said Sacramento has talked recently with several cross-Atlantic carriers, including Norwegian Air Shuttle, which already flies out of Oakland, as well as Condor Airlines of Germany, and Wow Air, a low-cost Icelandic airline that flies out of San Francisco, Portland, Austin and Anchorage. “We are having conversations with all those air carriers, telling them Sacramento makes a great secondary market” because of its convenience and proximity to many Northern California tourist destinations, Wheat said. Airport officials also talked with Asian airlines about the potential for cross-Pacific flights, but say they think those deals are unlikely in the next few years. The county is upgrading the airport’s existing financial incentive package to match similar offers from competing airports. “As we talk to carriers, the incentive program component is one we need to make sure we are competitive,” Wheat said. Sacramento’s airport would temporarily waive airline landing and facility fees and chip in up to $400,000 for marketing and advertising in exchange for nonstop flights to new cities. The waiver period would last 12, 18 or 24 months, depending on the type of new service. The incentives are greater for international flights to other continents, but include inducements for domestic airlines for new North American service. Wheat said the airport has no financial estimate of Continue Reading

Nonstop fun: How to fly direct from Indy

The first taste of cold, nasty weather in the Midwest is the yearly signal it's time for a winter vacation.And the faster, the better. Fortunately for Hoosier travelers, Indianapolis isn’t as land-locked as one might think.The Indianapolis International Airport has 143 daily nonstop flights to 43 airports. That’s more than Louisville, Ky., Milwaukee, St. Louis and Cleveland, and it means a jump from snowy streets to sandy beaches in just a few hours.The airport recently announced three other nonstop flights — to Austin Texas on Allegiant airlines twice a week; to San Diego on Southwest seasonally from June through August; and to Fort Walton Beach, Fla., seasonally beginning May 26.Where do the other flights go? IndyStar broke down the airport's flight schedule and the Nonstop Answer Man will entertain questions: Question: Dude: Is there a way to get to the City of Angels, like pronto?Answer: Bro: There are three primo flights to Los Angeles on American, Delta and Southwest. They leave 7 a.m., 2:55 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. A nonstop American flight also leaves for San Francisco at 7:55 a.m. Q: I’m looking to party in SoBro, Disney and Mar-a-Lago. Anything to the Sunshine State?A: Eighteen nonstops every day leave for Florida. Six nonstops a day go to Orlando, three to Tampa, three to Fort Myers and two to Miami. Daily flights also go to Jacksonville, Ft. Lauderdale, Punta Gorda and St. Pete.  Q: Are there nonstops to a place that serves real Texas barbecue?A: Umm ...  try Texas. Twelve flights a day take off for the Lone Star state. Five flights leave for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport at 6:15 a.m., 8:10 a.m., 11:05 a.m. 4:10 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Six other flights go nonstop to Houston, from 6:25 a.m. to 6:55 p.m. One leaves for Dallas Love Field at 1:35 p.m. Q: I love cactus. How do I see it?A: Take one of four Continue Reading

Boston lands nonstop Latin America service on Copa Airlines

Copa Airlines will make Boston its newest U.S. gateway, saying it will launch flights to its Panama City hub this July. The carrier will fly one daily round-trip flight on Boeing 737-800 aircraft.Boston Logan Airport officials say the flight will be the city's first-ever regularly scheduled nonstop link to Panama."We are extremely pleased to launch the only nonstop service between Boston, an important academic, business and tourist destination, and Panama," Copa CEO Pedro Heilbron says in a release announcing the new route. "Copa's new flight will offer not only the fastest and most direct way to fly from Boston to Panama; it also will provide Boston-area business and leisure travelers the most convenient connections to many other destinations in Latin America, including Brazil; Colombia; San José, Costa Rica; Lima, Peru; and Santiago, Chile.''Boston will become Copa's eighth U.S. destination. The others are: Chicago O'Hare, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, Orlando and Washington Dulles.Airport officials in Boston say that prior to Copa's new route, Boston had been the biggest U.S. market without nonstop service to Latin America."Nonstop service to Latin America will open up new opportunities to allow Massachusetts businesses to compete in the 21st century global marketplace," Gov. Deval Patrick says in a release. "The service will increase tourism here at home and connect our residents with friends and family in Latin America."The Massachusetts Port Authority that runs Boston Logan notes Copa's new Boston-Panama City service was fostered by the agency's International Air Service Incentive Program.That, Massport notes, "applies to new nonstop international service to destinations in Asia, Central America, South America, Africa, and the Middle East. The incentive program includes landing fee credits and joint advertising opportunities."Massport says the goal of the program "is not … to subsidize a service that is not likely to be Continue Reading

Looking to go to Las Vegas? Allegiant Airlines adding flights from Louisville to Sin City

Allegiant Airlines is starting low-cost, nonstop service between Louisville and Las Vegas, tentatively beginning Nov. 16. The service will complement — and also compete with — current daily service between the two cities provided by Southwest Airlines. Allegiant's one-way fares will be as low as $54. The new flights will operate twice weekly between Louisville International Airport and Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. In an announcement Thursday morning at Louisville International, Jessica Wheeler, Allegiant's spokeswoman, said the flights are now planned on Thursday and Sunday but added that the days may be subject to change. She advised people to check the up-to-date schedules at Allegiant.com.Allegiant, whose headquarters is in Las Vegas, currently provides service out of Louisville to seven other destinations, including the Phoenix area and to sites in the southeast United States. More: Louisville airport adding $54 Allegiant Airlines flights to Phoenix in October More: People in Louisville love to travel to these cities More: UPS gets approval for huge warehouse facility near airport Wheeler said in an interview that Allegiant will continue to analyze the potential for expanding service to and from Louisville.  Allegiant, which started offering service in 1999 with one aircraft on one route, now operates about 80 aircrafts on more than 300 routes.The announcement of expanded air service follows recent additions of increased service to and from Louisville International by new carriers that also include OneJet.Also afoot is a private push to increase nonstop flights from Louisville International that recently gained the financial backing of Louisville Metro government and Kentucky's economic development arm.The Kentucky Economic Development Authority approved a $1.3 million grant to match $1.3 million that the city of Louisville and "various civic partners" have Continue Reading

Can Louisville land nonstop flights to LA or Boston? Group forms to make it happen

A coalition of business, community and government leaders has launched an effort to expand nonstop air service to Louisville International Airport — with Los Angeles and Boston as the first target cities.Louisville Regional Airlift Development Inc., or LRAD, was formed by Humana co-founder David Jones Sr. and other local leaders who say that increasing nonstop air service is crucial to job growth, tourism, and the region's overall economic well-being.Other cities have soared past Louisville in air service, and they're reaping the benefits in job creation and new investment, said Luke Schmidt, LRAD's project consultant. "Louisville is the largest city in the East with no nonstop flight to the West Coast," he said, and "access is a box to check off." Related coverage ► Louisville airport adding $54 Allegiant Airlines flights to Phoenix ► Frontier Airlines to restore Louisville service, offer route to Denver ► Where tourists can see the Great American Eclipse  in Kentucky The group estimates that more than 500,000 passengers each year — representing a third of those from Louisville boarding a commercial flight — drive to Cincinnati or Nashville for better air service options. “Business and civic leaders have made it clear that we need more nonstop destinations from SDF (Louisville's airport) initially to the West Coast and Northeast — two underserved major economic regions of the United States,” Koleman Karleski, the group's chairman, said in a statement. The public-private partnership expects to work with the Louisville Regional Airport Authority to help the airport get more aggressive about competing for new nonstop passenger air service, Karleski said.The nonprofit organization will focus on the six largest airlines, four of which now serve the area: United, American, Delta, and Southwest; as well as Alaska and Jet Blue. It would offer Continue Reading

State backs airline subsidy to boost nonstop Louisville flights, Boston and LA get closer

A private push to increase nonstop flights from Louisville International Airport has gained the financial backing of Louisville Metro government and now Kentucky's economic development arm.On Thursday, the Kentucky Economic Development Authority approved a $1.3 million grant to match $1.3 million that the city of Louisville and "various civic partners" reportedly have committed. The same amount offered by private investors and companies would provide nearly $4 million for minimum revenue guarantees, which are incentives paid to airlines to defray costs of establishing new commercial airline routes sought by communities."We recognize that this is a significant economic development issue," Terry Gill, Secretary of the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet, said in a phone interview shortly after the meeting.As a former business traveler himself, Gill said, that "we can't spend an entire day getting to the East or the West Coast." A new nonprofit group, Louisville Regional Airlift Development Inc., is leading a push to increase nonstop flights from Louisville, starting with Boston and Los Angeles as key targets to negotiate with airlines. Several prominent local business people, including David Jones Sr., are heading up the effort. Related coverage ► Can Louisville land nonstop flights to LA or Boston? Group forms to make it happen ► Louisville airport adding $54 Allegiant Airlines flights to Phoenix ► Frontier Airlines to restore Louisville service, offer route to Denver ► Where tourists can see the Great American Eclipse  in Kentucky The group says that Louisville is losing out to other mid-sized cities because its lack of nonstop air service impedes business expansion and recruitment and also hampers the region's convention and tourism industries.The state's funding for one year is expected to back LRAD's planned recruitment. Boston and L.A. were Continue Reading

Iceland’s WOW air adds Boston, BWI; $228 to Europe

WOW air, an Icelandic discount carrier that began flying in 2012, announced its first flights to the USA on Wednesday.The carrier said it will fly to both Boston and Baltimore/Washington (BWI), adding service to its main hub at the Keflavik International Airport near Iceland's capital of Reykjavik. The carrier was selling flights for as low as $228 round-trip — including taxes — though customers booking on the carrier will find it hard to avoid paying additional charges.As for the new routes, WOW says the Boston service will be year-round, with five weekly flights launching March 27. The airline's BWI flights are slated to be seasonal, with three weekly flights beginning June 4 and running through Oct. 24.From both Boston and BWI, WOW will use 200-seat Airbus A321 Extended Range jets for its flights to Iceland. WOW uses Airbus A320 aircraft for its flights between Iceland and Europe, where the airline serves 20 destination on either a seasonal or year-round basis. The carrier's aircraft are configured in an all-coach-class layout, though customers can pay more for economy seats with extra room.For Boston and BWI passengers, WOW's online booking engine was selling flights only to three destinations: nonstop to Reykjavik and one-stop connections to Copenhagen and London Gatwick. The carrier says it expects to add more connections to its online booking engine in the coming months, but says that customers interested in other destinations can try to book separate tickets to create a connecting itinerary.WOW was offering rock-bottom introductory fares to help promote its new routes. As of 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday (Oct. 22), it was selling flights to Copenhagen and London for as low as $228 round trip (including taxes). The low fares were not available every day, but WOW's website did show a fair amount of availability during the spring and summer months.However, would-be customers take note that WOW operates with an "ultra low-cost" model, meaning it charges Continue Reading