The world’s eighth biggest economy didn’t see much growth in air travel at its airports in 2006. Passenger numbers in California are similar to those in Germany and are dominated by two major airports where United is the leading carrier. But at the next seven busiest airports the same airline dominates – and it’s not United. What’s new in 2007?
Southwest returns to San Francisco, Virgin America links LAX to JFK and MAXjet starts all business class service to London Stansted. Not your average week in California. Who is Southwest taking on and what fares are currently being charged in the LAX-JFK market? And what happened to Frontier?
Four airlines compete on this route from America’s Midwest to the Floridian sun. American, Spirit and Ted all operate from Chicago’s O’Hare, while Southwest operates from Midway. Is Southwest the cheapest airline on the route for travel in the next two weeks? How does American compare against the three LCCs? The answers may surprise you.
SFO may have turned 80 this year, but August 2007 is likely to be remembered for years to come as the month when both Southwest and Virgin America started flights from the airport. Which are the leading airlines at SFO and what role does international traffic play? What role do near neighbours Oakland and San Jose play?