A summary of the changes.
aside from the above, looks like the following seasonal changes
5th JFK-LAS flight in summer
3rd JFK-BGI flight in summer
3rd JFK-MBJ flight in winter
2x daily on MCO-CUN/MBJ in summer (I thought these were already 2x for some reason)
3x daily on MCO-RIC in winter (good add)
2x FLL-PVD in winter (surprised it's taken this long)
Seems like FLL has really taken one to gut recently with a lot of cuts. Just not the same tolerance for weak performances. FLL has not done well in Q3/4.
At JFK, looks like they are taking advantage of the AA retreat. That 5th LAS flight should fill in nicely for AA probably dropping LAS soon. Before this, flights/capacity had dropped on JFK-LAS with AS/AA cuts despite demand remaining strong. 2x JFK-BNA will probably push AA and its 44 seaters off that route. Seems like they are up 4 flights in peak summer season (unless there is cuts elsewhere). Not really sure where those slots are coming from. They are probably over 180 flights a day now in peak summer season.
Overall, quite a positive day for JFK. There is really very few weak routes left out of JFK. The weakest ones left are probably PDX, RNO, ABQ, BTV, CHS and SAV. If they have to make more adjustments. The best part is finally dropping HAV and replaced it with flights people actually want to take.
I see that UA is dropping CLE-LGA. I wonder what it would take for them to get those slots off UA.
I think there will be further BOS changes that will get its own announcement. I would think there has to be some kind of retaliation against AA.
I'm starting to get concerned about the endgame for FLL. My understanding is that there is a decent amount of traffic between South Florida and BGI/STI, all of which are markets where B6 has some strength (I think they are the biggest at STI actually), so it's surprising they couldn't make them work. They're also clearly struggling on FLLHAV, and recently exited MEX. If these large markets cannot sustain service from FLL's largest carrier, then what's going to happen as DL builds up MIA and further pressures South Florida yields? Very troubling IMO.
The death by a thousand cuts at LGB is beyond me. What's the point of cutting SJC/OAK/SMF and leaving everything else? Makes no sense.
I'm happy to see JFKBNA announced - and am maybe a bit surprised (even though I predicted it would finally happen this year). This should do well
JFKGUA will also do well, and is totally unsurprising.
The closure of OAK is a long time coming. It has always been one of the weaker transcon markets, and it's not a big loss to the network considering their strong Mint transcon presence at SFO.
The MCO changes are encouraging. The cuts at HAV/PAP are largely due to weakness in those particular end markets IMO, and the additions to RIC/MBJ/CUN show that there is some strength with Orlando point-of-sale.