November 8, 2014 |
In another blow to Atlantic City, United Airlines will end flights in and out of Atlantic City International Airport on Dec. 3, saying the service to Chicago and Houston did not meet expectations. United, based in Chicago, arrived to great fanfare eight months ago - celebratory balloons, beach umbrellas, and praise from officials including Gov. Christie - when it launched daily nonstop service April 1 to Chicago's O'Hare and Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airports. United was the first major carrier to begin new passenger service in several years at the airport in Egg Harbor Township.
August 29, 2012 |
Southwest Airlines Co., which came to Philadelphia in 2004 with the promise of friendly service and lower fares, will end daily nonstop flights to Raleigh-Durham, N.C., on March 8. Only US Airways Group Inc. will fly that route, with nine weekday nonstops to Raleigh-Durham. Passengers can expect ticket prices to rise. Southwest has retreated in Philadelphia, and in January eliminated nonstop service to Pittsburgh; Providence, R.I.; Manchester, N.H.; and Jacksonville, Fla. In February, Southwest ended service from Philadelphia to Boston.
January 20, 2012
Southwest Airlines Co. said Friday that its AirTran Airways subsidiary would stop operating at six U.S. airports - including Allentown and Harrisburg - on Aug. 12 as it merges routes of the two carriers. The other cities losing AirTran service are Lexington, Ky., Huntsville, Ala., Sarasota, Fla., and White Plains, N.Y. Southwest, which acquired AirTran in May, previously announced that it would end AirTran flights at Atlantic City International Airport this month. AirTran President Bob Jordan said in a statement the company was discontinuing service in markets where it could not fly profitably because of fuel costs.
October 20, 2011 |
DALLAS - Southwest Airlines, Philadelphia's second-busiest carrier, reported a third-quarter loss of $140 million because its fuel-hedging bets turned sour when the price of oil dropped over the summer. Fuel-hedging is like insurance against a spike in oil prices, and airlines use the technique to smooth out volatile prices. But Southwest's hedges lost value when crude prices fell by one-fifth during the quarter. They have since regained some of those losses. Excluding the hedging losses and other onetime expenses, Southwest said Thursday it would have earned $122 million, or 15 cents per share - a penny better than analysts expected.
September 14, 2011 |
It's going to cost more to fly to Boston. Just how much more is the question. Southwest Airlines Co., which began flying nonstop from Philadelphia to Boston in June 2010, is eliminating the route effective Feb. 11, leaving only US Airways Group Inc. to fly there from here. In February 2010, Southwest announced, with great fanfare, that it would provide another option to get to Boston. The airline hoped to steal away business travelers with lower fares. Apparently, that did not happen.
June 17, 2011 |
What will the disappearance of AirTran Airways as a stand-alone airline next year mean for flights and fares for Philadelphia air travelers? Southwest Airlines Co. bought AirTran last month for $1.4 billion, and eventually AirTran's planes, routes, and brand will become part of Southwest, which will be the only discount carrier at Philadelphia International Airport. The purchase increases Southwest's route network 25 percent, giving it a footprint in Atlanta and an expanded presence in New York, Washington, Boston, and Baltimore.
April 27, 2011 |
DALLAS - U.S. antitrust regulators cleared the way for Southwest's purchase of AirTran Airways, saying that the combination of two big discount airlines isn't likely to hurt competition. The Justice Department said the airlines overlap on some nonstop routes, but it decided not to challenge the deal because competitors can get airport gates and landing slots on those routes. Southwest, based in Dallas, plans to close the $1.4 billion purchase on Monday. The deal will immediately increase Southwest's size by one-fourth, although it will temporarily operate AirTran as a separate airline.
March 4, 2011
Spirit Airlines began daily nonstop service Friday between Atlantic City and Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The Chicago flight leaves at 3:15 p.m. from Atlantic City International Airport. The flight departs Chicago at 5:05 p.m., arriving in Atlantic City at 7:55 p.m. The Chicago service will be five days a week, and then daily after April 1. Beginning in April, the Atlantic City flight will continue from Chicago to Los Angeles. Spirit will offer connecting service in Chicago to Las Vegas.
February 19, 2010
If ever there was a case for the benefits of competition, it is Southwest Airlines' announcement this week that it will offer daily flights from Philadelphia to Boston. The impact of the move was swift and dramatic. US Airways now charges $550 for a one-way coach ticket from Philadelphia to Boston. But come August, US Airways plans to drop the price to $75. That's in response to Southwest's plans to offer introductory one-way fares in June that start at $59. Ah, competition.