In this week’s roundup, low-cost Frontier Airlines adds four seasonal routes out of San Francisco International for the summer; JSX revives a California intrastate route; United drops two more small cities; two U.S. airlines introduce in-flight Wi-Fi using Elon Musk’s satellite network; Air India trims U.S. schedules due to a shortage of 777 pilots; international route news comes from Finnair, Delta, American and Lufthansa; American and its Chilean partner seek to launch code-sharing on South American routes; a Santa Clara-based aviation firm announces its second eVTOL route with United; a new bill in Congress would let TSA create a no-fly list for unruly passengers; the State Department warns of lengthy processing times for passport applications and renewals; and a federal judge sets a trial date for the Justice Department’s antitrust suit against the JetBlue-Spirit merger.
In domestic route news, Frontier Airlines plans to introduce four new seasonal nonstop routes from San Francisco International in May and June. The low-cost carrier is set to begin daily flights from SFO to Orlando on May 10 and to Chicago Midway on May 21, followed by three weekly SFO-Detroit flights starting June 22 and four weekly roundtrips from SFO to Cleveland as of June 23. SFO-Orlando and SFO-Cleveland nonstops are already offered by United, while Delta has nonstop SFO-Detroit service. There are no nonstops between SFO and Chicago Midway, but United has frequent nonstop service to Chicago O’Hare; American and Alaska also offer SFO-ORD service. Frontier is offering introductory one-way fares from San Francisco to Orlando ($59), Chicago ($69), Detroit ($99) and Cleveland ($99), but they must be purchased by April 4 for travel May 10 through Aug. 15 on “select days of the week,” with some blackout dates around holidays. Frontier’s expanded seasonal service at Cleveland will also include flights to San Diego starting June 8, as well as flights to Charlotte, North Carolina, and Dallas-Fort Worth, both beginning May 12.