As COVID-19 travel restrictions begin to lift and air travel demand soars, major U.S. airlines are building up their July schedules, resuming some routes and increasing frequency on their most popular flights. American Airlines plans to fly 55 percent of its domestic schedule and nearly 20 percent of its international schedule in July 2020 compared to the same period last year. This summer, the carrier will increase the frequency of flying from hubs such as Dallas and Charlotte to in-demand destinations, including major cities in Florida, Gulf Coast cities as well as mountain destinations. The airline also announced that it will offer more seats to Florida than any other airline in July.
United Airlines plans to reinstate flights at more than 150 of its U.S and Canadian destinations this summer, and will increase the number of international routes it offers in July by adding more trans-Atlantic service from hub locations in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco to cities all across Europe, including Amsterdam, London and Paris. Meanwhile, domestic schedule highlights include revamped flight schedules to key business destinations like New York, Boston, Seattle and Philadelphia; more options to leisure hotspots such as Florida, Las Vegas, Charleston and Portland, Maine; and added flights to national parks and outdoor leisure markets like Aspen and Jackson Hole.
Delta Air Lines will add nearly 1,000 flights system-wide in July but the airline's schedule will still be approximately 70 percent smaller than the same time last year Domestically, Delta plans to add capacity to popular leisure markets like Florida and throughout the West Coast while flight additions in the Caribbean and Latin America will be focused on popular vacation destinations such as Cancun, Los Cabos, Montego Bay, Nassau, St. Thomas and Punta Cana.
JetBlue will expand its network with a series of new routes beginning July 23, including Mint service between Newark and Los Angeles (up to three-time daily) and San Francisco (up to two times daily).
Ultra-low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines recently unveiled plans to launch 18 new nonstop routes this summer, a majority of which start in July. Notable routes include Boston-Tampa (July 2), Dallas-Miami (July 2), Los Angeles-Orlando (July 2), Newark-Myrtle Beach (July 2) and Philadelphia-Palm Beach (July 3), among others.
Spirit Airlines will resume several nonstop routes out of Baltimore this July, including to places like Austin, Nashville, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New Orleans and San Juan, Puerto Rico.