May 5, 2014 |
It's summer in the city, almost, and US Airways' largest international gateway at Philadelphia International Airport is gearing up. Flights to five seasonal destinations - Athens, Glasgow, Venice, Barcelona, and Lisbon - recently took off. On May 23, Shannon, in Ireland, and Edinburgh will launch. Frankfurt is getting a second daily US Airways flight on Thursday. That is in addition to Lufthansa Airlines' year-round service to Frankfurt. This summer, US Airways will have 20 daily departures to 19 cities in Europe and the Middle East, plus flights to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada.
March 15, 2014 |
Scrappy Southwest Airlines, which came to Philadelphia with a splash but which has retreated as rival US Airways proved a tough competitor, is ending its year-round nonstop flights to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from Philadelphia. Southwest will curtail nonstop service in the off-season to West Palm Beach and Fort Myers, Fla., the airline confirmed. James Tyrrell, Philadelphia International Airport deputy director of property and business, said Thursday he got the news from Southwest the day before the latest schedule came out. "They called me to say they were discontinuing the Fort Lauderdale flight, and they weren't sure whether they would be bringing it back, as they do other Florida routes that are seasonal," Tyrrell said.
February 21, 2014 |
Frontier Airlines is continuing to add flights at Trenton-Mercer Airport, and it announced Wednesday three more nonstop destinations: Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and St. Louis. Since Frontier's first commercial flight from Trenton to Orlando in November 2012, the Denver-based carrier has quickly expanded, and made Trenton and New Castle Airport near Wilmington focus cities on the East Coast. "It's been a really good fit," said Daniel Shurz, Frontier senior vice president, who announced the additional cities at a meeting Wednesday of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce.
January 31, 2014 |
Frontier Airlines' love affair with Trenton-Mercer Airport continues. The Denver-based carrier announced Wednesday it will add a 14th nonstop destination - to St. Augustine, Fla., beginning May 2 - from the small general aviation airport between New York and Philadelphia. Frontier began with one flight a week to Orlando from Trenton-Mercer, off Exit 2 on I-95, in November 2012. The airline rapidly expanded flights, and has made Trenton and New Castle Airport near Wilmington focus cities for operations on the East Coast.
October 11, 2013 |
Frontier Airlines, which is being sold to a Phoenix private-equity firm that wants to bring more low airfares to U.S. travelers, announced Wednesday that it would add nonstop flights from Trenton Mercer Airport to Cincinnati and Charlotte, N.C., in February. That brings to 11 the nonstop destinations that Frontier will fly from Trenton, joining Atlanta; Chicago-Midway; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, and Tampa, Fla.; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Frontier will fly to Charlotte four times a week and to Cincinnati three times a week, starting Feb. 12. Tickets booked by midnight Oct. 20 will be offered at introductory fares as low as $39 one way for travel from Feb. 12 through May 20, the airline said.
September 1, 2013 |
A federal judge in Washington said Friday the Justice Department lawsuit seeking to block the merger of US Airways Group and American Airlines would go to trial Nov. 25, a date the airlines wanted. The government had pushed for the trial to start March 1, saying more time was needed to prepare its case. The airlines said a lengthy delay could kill their merger. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly listened to both sides in court Friday and agreed that March was too far off. The airlines were poised to complete a merger, creating the world's largest airline, when the Justice Department Antitrust Division and six states, including Pennsylvania, sued Aug. 13 to block it. The regulators said that it would stifle competition and lead to higher fares and that the combination would dominate more than 1,000 routes nationwide.
August 10, 2013 |
Frontier Airlines may soon be sold to a private-equity firm in Phoenix that wants to turn Denver's hometown airline into an ultra-low-fare carrier, comparable to Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air. Two area airports where Frontier flies - Trenton Mercer and New Castle near Wilmington - say they are confident that Frontier will continue to serve their markets with the level of flights they have now. Frontier has 35 departures a week to 10 destinations...
May 2, 2013 |
Air-traffic controller furloughs ended over the weekend. Snarled operations that caused delays for travelers, especially in the New York City area, are back to normal. But no one knows for sure what the legislation untangling the situation, passed by Congress and signed by the president, will mean for 149 small airport traffic-control towers slated for reduced hours or closure June 15 because of the federal spending cuts. Airfields affected by the closures - including Trenton-Mercer Airport, where Frontier Airlines now flies to 10 cities, and the Harrisburg, Latrobe, and Lancaster airports in Pennsylvania - are hopeful the transfer of up to $253 million from an airport-improvement program to prevent reduced operations and staffing through Sept.
April 29, 2013 |
Airlines survived $147-a-barrel oil, a financial collapse on Wall Street, and a recession in 2008 by doing two things: slashing capacity - fewer flights, different-size aircrafts, recalibrated routes - and charging annoying fees for everything from baggage to "choice" seats. Nationwide, there are 8 percent fewer airplane seats with passengers in them than five years ago, according to airline analyst Daniel McKenzie, of Buckingham Research Group in New York. He recently analyzed which cities got hardest hit with seat cuts and which had the most growth.