With four major airlines looking to grab market share at three airports, New York will be one of the most competitively priced destinations in the country this year. And of course, where there’s intense airline competition, there are sure to be happy travelers that like to fly frugal.
Southwest Airlines will begin flying out of Newark on March 27th, and the discount carrier will officially join the fray for air supremacy over the Big Apple. Southwest and competitors Delta, Continental, American and JetBlue will be vying to steal customers from each other at New York and New Jersey airports. They will be in a dogfight at all three international airports — Newark Liberty, La Guardia and John F. Kennedy — the nation’s most hotly contested airspace.
Passengers can expect fare wars on flights to Chicago, Phoenix, Denver and Houston – all routes that Southwest will also have out of Newark. Southwest could become the pricing leader in New York and New Jersey because the discount carrier will now compete at two major airports in the region, Newark and La Guardia.
Southwest expects to offer 18 daily flights out of Newark by June. Meanwhile, the airline is already offering Newark-to-Chicago fares of $88 one way this spring.
Here’s some more travel news you can use:
- For the third time in four years, U.S. commercial airlines have gone 12 months without a single death. For all of 2010, a year that saw more than 10 million flights and 700 million passengers, the National Transportation Safety Board recorded no major airline accidents. Yep, they’re gettin’ ya there in one piece.
- Open Allies for AirFare Transparency – a coalition of 117 founding members & corporations, including online travel agencies Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity - launched late last week with a mission to force airlines to make fare and ancillary fees available on every distribution channel in which they operate. Good luck with that.
- Delta is not picking sides in the Super Bowl. The airline has added non-stop flights from both Pittsburgh and Green Bay (and Milwaukee) to Dallas / Fort Worth. The airline will fly three nonstop flights between Pittsburgh and Dallas around the first weekend of February. It will also operate special nonstop flights from Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay and General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee on Feb. 3, 4 and 7. Get there if you can. It should be a good game.
JetBlue announced a sale today on winter fares to 55 destinations, from sunny to wintry. The airline is offering fares as low as $39 on routes such as New York-Boston and San Francisco-Long Beach, Calif. Blackout dates and other restrictions apply. Sale fares will be available on JetBlue’s websitethrough Jan. 13th for travel through March 24th. Fares may require an advance purchase of up to 10 days.
Here’s some more travel news you can use:
- American Airlines is in the dog-house with the Federal Aviation Administration. Today the FAA announced that they are keeping a close eye on the airline after three landing mishaps within the last 30 days. During two separate landing attempts in North Carolina and Texas, the planes wingtips touches the ground. Also, one plane overshot the runway during heavy rain while trying to land in Jamaica.
- A power outage at Reagan National Airport today is causing delays for flights out of Washington. The power reportedly went out shortly after noon today. All flights were temporarily suspended, but some planes were able to land due to a backup power supply at the air control tower. Security checks were also being halted due to the power outage.
- The head of the Los Angeles airport police union this morning urged the federal government to require full-body scanners for every passenger at airport security checkpoints, saying metal detectors are no longer enough. Los Angeles is currently one of 19 airports nationwide that uses whole-body imagers, but only uses it on passengers selected for secondary screening.
- A security breach at Newark Liberty International Airport Sunday evening forced the closure of a terminal for hours while authorities re-screened thousands of passengers. The incident happened at about 5:20 p.m. at Terminal C, when a man walked through an exit on the public side to the secure “sterile” side for passengers who had cleared screening, according to the TSA. All passengers had been re-screened by early Monday, according to the TSA. Flights from Terminal C were grounded until the process was completed. Ah, travel sure is going to be fun in 2010 with the heightened security.