Airlines are regularly adjusting their service and adding new routes.  To help keep you abreast of the latest, here are the highlights of changes announced by major airlines in February:

  • Good for New York, bad for D.C.  Beginning April 6, 2012, United will no longer fly nonstop from Washington, D.C. (Dulles Airport) to Buenos Aires.  Instead, the carrier is shifting its operation to provide nonstop service between Newark (Liberty International) and Buenos Aires.
  • Show me some more Spirit!  Spirit Airlines begins flying out of Denver starting May 3,2012, with service to Chicago, Dallas (DFW), Fort Lauderdale and Las Vegas.
  • No LUV for Albuquerque.  Southwest Airlines (whose stock ticker symbol is LUV) announced that it is ending flights between Albuquerque and Orlando, FL, Midland/Odessa, TX, and Lubbock, TX.
  • WestJet jets west. Canadian low cost carrier WestJet begins Chicago (O’Hare) to Calgary and Chicago (O’Hare) to Vancouver service on May 14, 2012.
  • Sayonara, Narita. American Airlines is sending its New York (JFK) to Tokyo (Narita) service on June 1, 2012, the same day that it begins flying New York (JFK) to Tokyo (Haneda).  Haneda Airport previously mainly handed domestic flights, until the completion of a new international terminal in 2010.  Haneda’s proximity to downtown Tokyo compared to Narita airport makes it a popular option for travelers.
  • Hawaii, here we come!  United Airlines will begin nonstop service between Washington, D.C., and Honolulu on June 7, 2012.  United Airlines currently flies nonstop to Honolulu from Chicago (ORD), Denver, Houston (IAD), Newark, Los Angeles (LAX), Orange County, CA (SNA), and San Francisco (SFO).  Time to practice the Hula.

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Matt is an airfare deal hunter, whose amazing finds have been published in AM New York and NYTimes.com. He currently calls New York City home, but frequents Europe and the Middle East. His travels last year took him to Stockholm for $150 and Barcelona for $250 roundtrip, including taxes.

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