We hear so much about airlines cutting back – such as United’s recent downsizing in Cleveland – that it’s a nice change nice to report on expansion efforts. Some of these new routes and destinations may be of special interest for adventurous vacation travelers.
British Airways in Austin
Beginning today (March 3), British Airways begins non-stop flights between Austin and London Heathrow.
- Current schedule: Flights five days a week but look for daily non-stops in May
- Aircraft: Boeing 787 Dreamliner
- Watch for: Austin is already a cheaper city for domestic airfare and may become a well-priced jumping-off point for Europe.
Hawaiian Airlines Expands Brisbane Service
The Honolulu-based carrier – which already offers daily non-stops from the islands to Sydney – will begin flights between Brisbane and Honolulu four times a week starting March 31. The airline currently offers a single Honolulu-Brisbane flight.
- Aircraft: A330
- Watch for: The possibility of more competitive fares from Jetstar and Qantas which also fly the Brisbane-Honolulu route.
- Bonus for international flyers: Many say going through customs lines in Honolulu is less-stressful (and quicker) than the lines at mainland airports such as Los Angeles International.
JetBlue to Port of Spain
Last last month, JetBlue inaugurated new daily service to yet another Caribbean capital, Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago.
- Aircraft: 150-seat A320s
- Watch for: Check for JetBlue deals to the Caribbean at the Deals Blog, especially Tuesdays.
Qatar Airways Flights from Philadelphia
Beginning April 2, Qatar launches flights from Philadelphia to the Middle East capital of Doha and from there, offers connections to global cities such as Bangkok, Cape Town, Hong Kong and more.
- How to get to Philadelphia: Connect to Philly from numerous U.S. cities via Qatar’s code share partner US Airways.
- Watch for: Flights from Miami and Dallas are reportedly coming soon.