New Flight Routes For The Summertime
Air travel will look much closer to normal this summer as carriers across the U.S. introduce new routes to meet the pent-up demand created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Whether eyeing a big city, an outdoorsy destination, or a tropical beach getaway, summer travelers will have no shortage of options in 2021. Here’s a look at what the major airlines have planned for the season ahead.
Southwest Airlines is out with its summer schedule, and it’s stacked with new routes that will begin in early June.
Specifically, the Dallas-based carrier is adding 25 new nonstop markets, most of which will only operate seasonally on a handful of days. Southwest is also resuming 24 routes just in time for a hectic summer travel period.
This joins Southwest’s big summer expansion back in March, which included new routes to Myrtle Beach, Austin, and others.
Much of this announcement is centered around destinations with plenty of outdoor activities, perfect for pandemic-weary travelers looking for an escape. Nevertheless, there are some interesting additions, so let’s dive right in.
In the last year, Southwest has added three new Florida cities to its network: Destin/Fort Walton Beach (VPS), Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ), and Miami (MIA).
With Florida’s relaxed COVID-19 restrictions and a plethora of outdoor-friendly activities, it’s no surprise that airlines have been busy boosting service there. With international travel largely off-limits, pandemic-weary travelers have descended en masse to the Sunshine State.
To support the seemingly endless demand to the state, Southwest is adding a plethora of new Florida nonstops to its summer schedule. In fact, 18 of the carrier’s 25 new routes are to/from Florida, some of which are detailed above.