Exciting New Airline Routes for January 2017 and Beyond

Jan 31, 2017

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Airlines around the world launch and announce dozens of new flight routes and service changes every month. Today, I’ll share just a few of the latest flights that will take to the skies this month or in the near future. Keep in mind that exact flight details (like schedules and aircraft, among other things) may change based on your travel dates.


Jetblue added three new routes this month, adding short and long haul. Image courtesy of Getty Images.
JetBlue added three new routes this month, including short- and long-haul options. Image courtesy of Getty Images.

JetBlue Continues Expansion with Three New Routes (launched January 4 and 5)

Details — JetBlue launched three new routes this month: Long Beach (LGB) to San Jose (SJC) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Aruba (AUA), which both launched on January 4, and Orlando (MCO) to Los Angeles (LAX), which launched on January 5.

Schedule (4x daily)

  • B826 Long Beach (LGB) 7:20am Departure ⇒ San Jose (SJC) 8:40am Arrival
  • B825 San Jose (SJC) 9:21am Departure ⇒ Long Beach (LGB) 10:38am Arrival
  • B1626 Long Beach (LGB) 11:08am Departure ⇒ San Jose (SJC) 12:27pm Arrival
  • B1625 San Jose (SJC) 1:08pm Departure ⇒ Long Beach (LGB) 2:26pm Arrival
  • B1926 Long Beach (LGB) 4:10pm Departure ⇒ San Jose (SJC) 5:29pm Arrival
  • B1925 San Jose (SJC) 6:10pm Departure ⇒ Long Beach (LGB) 7:28pm Arrival
  • B726 Long Beach (LGB) 7:16pm Departure ⇒ San Jose (SJC) 8:36pm Arrival
  • B725 San Jose (SJC) 6:56am Departure ⇒ Long Beach (LGB) 8:14am Arrival

Schedule (Daily)

  • B1411 Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 11:46am Departure ⇒ Aruba (AUA) 3:34pm Arrival
  • B1412 Aruba (AUA) 3:30pm Departure ⇒ Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 6:30pm Arrival

Schedule (Daily)

  • B131 Orlando (MCO) 7:28pm Departure ⇒ Los Angeles (LAX) 10:19pm Arrival
  • B132 Los Angeles (LAX) 11:10pm Departure ⇒ Orlando (MCO) 6:55am (+1) Arrival
Alaska Airlines will be the first commercial airline to offer direct flights from the West Coast to Cuba. Image courtesy of Getty Images.
Alaska Airlines will be the first commercial airline to offer nonstop flights from the West Coast to Cuba. Image courtesy of Getty Images.

Los Angeles (LAX) – Havana (HAV) on Alaska Airlines (launched January 5)

Details — Alaska Airlines became the first carrier to serve the West Coast with daily nonstop flights to Havana (HAV) from Los Angeles (LAX), operated by the carrier’s 737-900ER. If you’re planning to make the trip from Seattle (SEA), where Alaska Airlines is headquartered, there’s a special connecting flight available between SEA and LAX to help make that flight to Havana more accessible.

Schedule (Daily)

  • AS286 Los Angeles (LAX) 8:50am Departure ⇒ Havana (HAV) 4:55pm Arrival
  • AS287 Havana (HAV) 5:55pm Departure ⇒ Los Angeles (LAX) 8:45pm Arrival
LATAM expanded it's route network with the addition of flights from Orlando (MCO) to Santiago (SCL). Image courtesy of Getty Images.
LATAM expanded its route network with the addition of flights from Orlando (MCO) to Santiago (SCL). Image courtesy of Getty Images.

Orlando (MCO) – Santiago (SCL) on LATAM (launched January 4)

Details — On January 4, LATAM launched new long-haul flights between Orlando (MCO) and Santiago (SCL), making it the only carrier to fly nonstop on this particular route. Flights will be operated on Wednesday and Thursday until March 1 by LATAM’s 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

Schedule (2x per week)

  • LA511 Orlando (MCO) 10:15am Departure ⇒ Santiago (SCL) 8:55pm Arrival
  • LA510 Santiago (SCL) 12:30am Departure ⇒ Orlando (MCO) 7:20am Arrival
You'll now be able fly from Reno to Dallas on Southwest Airlines. Image courtesy of Southwest Airlines.
You’ll now be able fly from Reno to Dallas on Southwest Airlines. Image courtesy of Southwest Airlines.

Reno (RNO) – Dallas (DAL) on Southwest (launched January 7)

Details — Earlier this month, Southwest began flying from to Reno-Tahoe (RNO) to Dallas Love Field (DAL) once per week on Saturday, making it the only airline with nonstop service on this particular route.

Schedule (1x per week)

  • WN2365 Reno (RNO) 11:00am Departure ⇒ Dallas (DAL) 4:05pm Arrival
  • WN2303 Dallas (DAL) 11:00am Departure ⇒ Reno (RNO) 12:30pm Arrival
United commenced seasonal service from Chicago to Key West this month. Image courtesy of Getty Images.
United began seasonal service from Chicago to Key West this month. Image courtesy of Getty Images.

Chicago (ORD) – Key West (EYW) on United (launched January 7)

Details — United recently added its first new flight in 2017 from Chicago (ORD) to Key West (EYW). Seasonal Saturday service began January 7 on its Embraer RJ-170 and will run through April 29, 2017.

Schedule (1x per week)

  • UA3672 Chicago (ORD) 10:40am Departure ⇒ Key West (EYW) 2:50pm Arrival
  • UA3674 Key West (EYW) 3:26pm Departure ⇒ Chicago (ORD) 5:55pm Arrival


Air India will start flying from Washington D.C. (IAD) to Delhi (DEL). Image courtesy of Getty Images.
Air India will start flying from Washington D.C. (IAD) to Delhi (DEL) in July. Image courtesy of Getty Images.

Air India to Launch Service From Washington D.C. (IAD) to Delhi (DEL)

Details — This July, Air India will start its thrice-weekly service from Washington, D.C. (IAD) to Delhi (DEL), although the full schedule has yet to be released. [Update 4/24/17: The full schedule now appears below.] The carrier also offers nonstop flights from Delhi to Chicago (ORD), New York (JFK) and San Francisco (SFO).

Schedule (daily):

  • AI104 Washington DC (IAD) 11:00am Departure ⇒ Delhi (DEL) 10:30am (+1) Arrival
  • AI103 Delhi (DEL) 1:15am Departure ⇒ Washington DC (IAD) 7:15am Arrival
TPG in the clear waters of Grand Cayman, which you’ll soon be able to get to from FLL nonstop on Southwest.

Southwest Will Offer Two New International Routes This Spring

Details — Southwest is continuing to grow its international presence with new once-daily service from San Diego to Los Cabos International Airport, Mexico, starting April 25 and Fort Lauderdale to Grand Cayman service beginning June 4.

Schedule (1x daily)

  • WN1213 San Diego (SAN) 9:55am Departure ⇒ Los Cabos (SJD) 1:10pm Arrival
  • WN1214 Los Cabos (SJD) 2:05pm Departure ⇒ San Diego (SAN) 3:05pm Arrival
  • WN1215 Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 11:45am Departure ⇒ Grand Cayman (GCM) 12:20pm Arrival
  • WN1216 Grand Cayman (GCM) 1:15pm Departure ⇒ Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 4:00pm Arrival
You’ll soon be able to fly nonstop from Chicago to Krakow on LOT Polish Airlines. Image courtesy of Getty Images.

LOT Polish Airlines Announces Flights from Chicago (ORD) to Krakow (KRK)

Details — Starting July 2, LOT Polish Airlines will begin nonstop service from Chicago (ORD) to Krakow (KRK). The Polish flagship carrier will operate a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the 9-10 hour flight. It’ll also be launching flights this April from Los Angeles (LAX) and Newark (EWR) to Warsaw (WAW).

Schedule (1x per week)

  • LO10 Chicago (ORD) 5:25pm Departure ⇒ Krakow (KRK) 9:45am (+1) Arrival
  • LO9 Krakow (KRK) 11:50am Departure ⇒ Chicago (ORD) 2:50pm Arrival
Emirates is adding a fun fifth freedom route with service from Newark (EWR) to Athens (ATH). Image courtesy of Getty Images.

Emirates is Adding Service Between Newark (EWR) and Athens (ATH)

Details — Emirates just announced it’ll be adding a fun fifth freedom route, with new daily service from Newark (EWR) to Athens (ATH) beginning March 12 on its Boeing 777-300ER. From Athens, the plane will then continue on to Dubai (DXB).

Schedule (daily)

  • EK210 Newark (EWR) 11:45pm Departure ⇒ Athens (ATH) 4:00pm (+1) Arrival
  • EK209 Athens (ATH) 5:30pm Departure ⇒ Newark (EWR) 10:00pm Arrival
Alaska will add service from Portland to four new cities this summer. Image courtesy of Alaska Airlines.

Alaska Airlines is Adding New Flights from Portland to Albuquerque, Baltimore, Milwaukee and Philadelphia 

Details — Alaska Airlines recently announced plans to launch four new flights from Portland (PDX) to Albuquerque (ABQ), Baltimore (BWI), Milwaukee (MKE) and Philadelphia (PHL). Service to Albuquerque starts August 18 and continues year round, while service to Baltimore (starting June 6), Milwaukee (starting June 5) and Philadelphia (starting May 22) will be seasonal through August 25 and 26, 2017.

Schedule (daily):

  • AS2794 Portland (PDX) 8:00am Departure ⇒ Albuquerque (ABQ) 11:45am Arrival
  • AS2795 Albuquerque (ABQ) 5:55pm Departure ⇒ Portland (PDX) 7:55pm Arrival
  • AS372 Portland (PDX) 9:30am Departure ⇒ Baltimore (BWI) 5:38pm Arrival
  • AS373 Baltimore (BWI) 4:50pm Departure ⇒ Portland (PDX) 7:32pm Arrival
  • AS3422 Portland (PDX) 11:10pm Departure ⇒ Milwaukee (MKE) 5:02am (+1) Arrival
  • AS3437 Milwaukee (MKE) 7:15am Departure ⇒ Portland (PDX) 9:47am Arrival
  • AS946 Portland (PDX) 8:39pm Departure ⇒ Philadelphia (PHL) 4:50am (+1) Arrival
  • AS945 Philadelphia (PHL) 6:05am Departure ⇒ Portland (PDX) 8:47am Arrival
Delta will fly nonstop from Seattle to Lihue airport in Kauai starting December 21, 2017.  Image courtesy of Getty Images.

Delta Expands Seattle Hub With Flights to Several Cities

Details — Several nonstop routes from Seattle (SEA) to Austin (AUS), Kauai (LIH), Milwaukee (MKE), Nashville (BNA), and Raleigh (RDU) were announced by Delta earlier this month — flights to Milwaukee will begin March 9, while the Nashville route starts May 26, Raleigh-Durham on June 8, Austin on June 12 and Kauai on December 21. Delta has yet to release the flight schedule for the new SEA–LIH route. The carrier will also offer nonstop flights between SEA and Eugene, Oregon (EUG), as well as Redmond, Oregon (RDM) starting in April and June, respectively.

Schedule (daily):

  • DL4910 Seattle (SEA) 5:05pm Departure ⇒ Milwaukee (MKE) 10:54pm Arrival
  • DL4917 Milwaukee (MKE) 7:55am Departure ⇒ Seattle (SEA) 10:22am Arrival
  • DL1384 Seattle (SEA) 5:00pm Departure ⇒ Austin (AUS) 11:00pm Arrival
  • DL2045 Austin (AUS) 7:00am Departure ⇒ Seattle (SEA) 9:00am Arrival
  • DL1165 Seattle (SEA) 5:00pm Departure ⇒ Nashville (BNA) 11:15pm Arrival
  • DL1088 Nashville (BNA) 7:30am Departure ⇒ Seattle (SEA) 10:20am Arrival
  • DL2540 Seattle (SEA) 11:30am Departure ⇒ Raleigh (RDU) 7:32pm Arrival
  • DL2556 Raleigh (RDU) 7:00am Departure ⇒ Seattle (SEA) 9:40am Arrival

Which of these new routes are you most excited about?

Featured image of Havana courtesy of Getty Images.

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