July 22, 2013 Route News You Can Maybe Use.
Both of these changes were noted on the Airline routes blog. H/T to them
Delta Air Lines is starting seasonal weekly service out of Indianapolis to Nassau and Montego Bay. This adds to Delta’s winter service to Ft. Myers, Orlando, Tampa, and Cancun. What surprises me isn’t snowbird service, but that Delta is expanding a city that is less than 400 miles from three Delta hubs, CVG, MEM, and DTW. While Delta could expand service from any those three hubs, they went with expanding IND. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but then again it doesn’t have to.
United Airlines is reducing their daily service on Washington DC-Kuwait City-Bahrain to 4x weekly service. This appears just to be another instance of United trying to shrink to profitability, a scenario that has barely worked in the airline industry. That being said United needs to swap crews in Kuwait City, which does increase the cost of the route dramatically.