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.
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