This leading airline is cutting flights from 33 major cities – Best Life
There’s nothing quite like the excitement that comes with booking a must-have trip. But in recent months, some of the joy of traveling has been tarnished by waves of delays and cancellations that have made flying even more complicated than it once was. As a result, many carriers have decided to alter their schedules to avoid wreaking havoc on their customers, with many abandoning routes or refocusing their efforts on more popular destinations. And now a major airline will drastically cut flights in a move that will affect 33 major cities. Read on to see which carrier is cutting routes in the coming months.
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Due to a major industry-wide staffing shortage, airlines have resorted to removing departures from their schedules to avoid cascading delays and cancellations, particularly for upcoming travel seasons. and winter. For example, on August 9, American Airlines confirmed that it had cut 28,807 flights from its November schedule in a decision that affect 15 cities on 11 routes, which represents a 12.6% reduction in flights from the carrier’s originally scheduled departures, Simple Flying reported. Miami (MIA), was the hardest hit, with flights cut from the city of Florida to Des Moines (DSM), Grand Rapids (GRRR), Madison (MSN), Managua (MGA), Milwaukee (MKE), Minneapolis ( MSP), Oklahoma City (OKC) and Samana (AZS). In addition, the carrier has also reduced routes from Boston (BOS) to Providenciales (PLS), Charlotte (CLT) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) and St. Louis (STL) to Cancún (CUN), and significantly reduced the number of flights. on several other legs.
On August 8, Delta announced its own schedule reductions after planning data uploaded showed it cut flights between six cities, The Points Guy reported. Starting September 11, the airline will drop service between its Midwest hub in Detroit (DTW) and Allentown, Pennsylvania (ABE). The carrier will then cut routes between Detroit and Cedar Rapids, Iowa (CID); Dayton, Ohio (DAY); and Fort Wayne, Indiana (FWA) and cut its flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) and Moline, Illinois (MLI) starting Oct. 5.
Frontier Airlines also announced a new schedule on August 2 that showed it was making major changes to its fall flights by reducing more than 4,000 flights, Single Flying reported. The changes will affect 32 domestic routes, 84% of which involve service to and from Florida, and 11 international routes serving Cancun from the United States. Now another major carrier is following suit.
On August 13, JetBlue Airways confirmed that it would be deletion of 37 routes of its network, ultimately affecting flights between 33 cities served by the company, reports The Points Guy. The changes will significantly affect Newark (EWR) as the carrier discontinues flights to and from Aguadilla (BQN) in Puerto Rico, Aruba (AUA), Atlanta (ATL), Austin (AUS), Charleston (CHS), Jacksonville (JAX) , Las Vegas (LAS), Montego Bay (MBJ), Nassau (NAS), Phoenix (PHX), Providenciales, Puerto Plata (POP), Raleigh-Durham (RDU), San Diego (SAN), San Francisco (SFO), St Lucia (UVF) and St. Martin (SXM).
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) will also see a significant reduction, losing connections to Aruba, Cartagena (CTG), Chicago (ORD), Cleveland (CLE), Grand Cayman (GCM), Philadelphia (PHL), Phoenix, Providenciales, Port of Spain (POS), Portland (PDX), Seattle (SEA) and St. Maarten. Remaining discontinued routes include Hartford (BDL) to Cancun (CUN), Las Vegas and San Francisco; and Los Angeles (LAX) to Austin, Jacksonville, Raleigh-Durham, Richmond (RIC) and San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO), by The Points Guy.
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According to The Points Guy, many affected JetBlue flights had already been suspended and were due to restart over the next few months. However, the company has confirmed that it has made the necessary changes to reduce the likelihood of delays or cancellations.
“To ensure continued operational reliability, we are planning a schedule change for this fall and into 2023 that will extend some of the market suspensions we put in place earlier this year,” airline representatives said. in a statement obtained by The Points Guy. . “This summer has been more resilient due to the capacity reductions we have put in place, and we believe it is prudent to plan similarly for next year. We are moving ahead now to alleviate the pressure on our customer support team and offering more time to modify our customers’ booking. These suspensions mainly concern markets and airports that are particularly difficult from an operational or ATC point of view.”
Customers who purchased flights on the now-canceled routes will either receive a full refund or rebook through alternate stages, JetBlue said.
News of flight cuts comes just weeks after JetBlue beat Frontier Airlines to acquire ultra-low budget carrier Spirit Airlines. If approved by federal regulators, the deal would make JetBlue the fifth-largest airline in the United States, which the company says will allow it to expand its route network with more flights in the coming months. coming soon, reports The Points Guy. Recently, the carrier announced that it would soon add a second European destination to its network and strengthens its program in Boston, New York, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Los Angeles.
“It will be announced in the coming months”, Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue, recently told The Points Guy the carrier’s next transatlantic destination. “Because you have to give people notice to book it.”