More flights this spring mean more options for travelers as the busy travel season approaches. Data shows an increased interest in travel to leisure destinations and airlines are adjusting schedules to meet that demand. Fares are as much as 37% lower than last year and people are anxious to travel again.
- American Airlines now has 6 daily flights to DFW (5 on Saturdays). This is an increase of 2 daily flights.
- Delta Air Lines added 1 flight to Atlanta, making 3 daily flights.
- Frontier Airlines added a 2nd weekly flights to Denver instead of one. Flights operate on Mondays and Fridays.
- Frontier Airlines will begin nonstop service to Las Vegas on March 8. Flights will operate on Mondays and Fridays.
- Allegiant Air resumed nonstop service to Destin/Fort Walton Beach on March 4. Flights operate on Thursdays and Sundays.
- Southwest Airlines has suspended its Las Vegas route in March. Southwest still operates daily service to St. Louis and Denver, with a Saturday flight to Phoenix.
- United has made no changes in March.
- United will add 13 weekly flights to Denver for a total of 34 flights, a 62% increase
- United will add 14 weekly flights to Chicago for a total of 28 flights, a 100% increase
- United will add 4 weekly flights to Houston for a total of 25 weekly flights, a 19% increase
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has substantial efforts underway in preparation for spring break travelers, who typically travel late February through April. Those efforts include technology upgrades across airport checkpoints that reduce or eliminate physical contact, recruitment efforts to prepare for possible increasing passenger volumes, and vaccination efforts for our officers and personnel who regularly engage directly with members of the public. Learn more here.
It is expected that 2021 will be a transition year and travel demand will increase in the second quarter. Vaccine distribution and lifted travel restrictions are expected to boost demand. Business travel demand is not expected to fully recover this year, and international travel will continue to remain depressed due to travel restrictions.
Airlines are publishing schedules on a very short-term basis to allow them to adapt to demand. The majority of flights that are booked are for travel within 60 days.