4 Airlines That Are Adding New Routes

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Planning a big vacation? There is now a better chance that one of your favorite airlines might fly to your destination of choice.

The nation’s big four airlines all have announced new routes this summer.

The Associated Press reports that the expansion of routes represents the airlines’ bet that the post-pandemic travel boom will continue for some time.

Here are the new routes the major airlines recently unveiled.

Delta Air Lines

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Delta Air Lines is adding two new routes to China. The airline will offer daily flights from Seattle and three-times-weekly service from Detroit to Shanghai. The new service begins Oct. 29, 2023.

Next March, Delta will resume flights from Los Angeles to Shanghai four times weekly.

Delta will also fly from Minneapolis to Dublin five times weekly beginning May 9, 2024. With the addition of this route, Delta will offer seasonal service to Dublin from Atlanta, Boston and Minneapolis. It will also offer year-round service from New York City.

American Airlines

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American Airlines has announced its biggest trans-Atlantic expansion since 2019. Beginning in 2024, American will begin flying nonstop from Philadelphia to three European cities:

  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Nice, France
  • Naples, Italy

The airline also will introduce new service from Dallas-Fort Worth to Barcelona, Spain. And it will return to scheduling flights between Chicago and Venice, Italy.

American also has unveiled seven new routes and one new international destination — Governor’s Harbour, Bahamas — from Miami for the winter months.

In June, American announced a slew of new routes for its winter schedule and expanded frequencies on existing routes from airports in the U.S. to destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America.

United Airlines

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United Airlines will resume daily flights between San Francisco and Beijing beginning in November. The airline will also increase flights between San Franciso and Shanghai to a daily frequency beginning on Oct. 1, 2023.

In July, United announced that it would become the first U.S. airline to fly directly to Manila, Philippines, and Christchurch, New Zealand, from the continental U.S. These routes will depart from San Francisco. The airline also added more non-stop flights to places such as Hong Kong, Tokyo and Taipei, Taiwan.

All of these services begin in October.

Southwest Airlines

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Southwest Airlines has announced a new seasonal route between Austin, Texas, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Saturdays starting on March 9, 2024.

The airline also has unveiled several other seasonal routes that will begin in March 2024. They include:

  • Service between Baltimore and locations in Florida, the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico
  • Service between St. Louis and locations in Florida, California, Mexico and Central America
  • Service between Austin and locations in Florida, Colorado, South Carolina and Mexico

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