Some interesting new routes announced this week

Some of these make sense to me, some not so much. All are new routes announced in the past week or so.

Some fun new routes on the horizon
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

JetBlue is launching service to Ecuador starting in February 2016. Service from Ft. Lauderdale to Quito will run as a late night flight southbound and a redeye return on the company’s A320s. We had a pretty good time visiting Ecuador a while back and I could see it as an appealing destination. This also makes it a smidgen easier to access the Galapagos, though Guayaquil is the better gateway for such trips.

National Airlines (who?!?) is adding flights to its base in Sanford, Florida (just outside Orlando) from Vancouver (2x weekly) starting in January 2016. This will also be a redeye into Florida. The company is launching service to Windsor, Ontario a month prior.

American Airlines is adding summer seasonal service from Washington, DC to both Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard between Memorial Day and Labor Day in 2016. JetBlue operated similar seasonal service to Nantucket in 2015 and is set to offer similar in 2016, though with a slightly longer season.

Air India was rumored to be launching a new World’s Longest Flight. That fell through and instead of connecting San Francisco and Bangalore with non-stop service the ailing carrier will fly between Delhi and San Francisco thrice weekly starting on 2 December. Still a very long flight, though. This will be the fifth nonstop route connecting India and the United States and the first to the west coast.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. Nice to see the new Ecuador route for Jet Blue! National Airlines – had to look that one up!

  2. I do find it humorous that the majority of National’s flights are international in nature.

  3. Ecuador has become the new “in” spot for gringo retirees so the route kinda makes sense to me.

    UIO is around 8000 feet right? Will that cause weight restrictions?

  4. Is AA adding DCA-ACK and DCA-MVY that’s different from what they collected with the US merger? US has run those for years.

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