Major New Nonstop Routes for 2013-14

Whenever an airline adds new nonstop service, we see a spike in the overall experience for travelers. There's the added convenience factor, of course (it's harder to lose your bag on a nonstop flight), but there's also increased competition that tends to drive down fares across multiple airlines.

This year, the major carriers are introducing a slew of new nonstop routes that could help with convenience and price. I've sorted some of the more significant new nonstops by region and departure airport below.

U.S. and Canada:

  • Anchorage (ANC) and Las Vegas (LAS) beginning December 19 on Alaska
  • Anchorage (ANC) and Phoenix (PHX) beginning December 18 on Alaska
  • Anchorage (ANC) and Seattle (SEA) began May 16 on JetBlue
  • Boston (BOS) and Philadelphia (PHL) began May 23 on JetBlue
  • Boston (BOS) and Houston (HOU) beginning July 25 on JetBlue
  • Charleston (CHS) and Boston (BOS) began February 28 on JetBlue
  • Chicago (ORD) and Portland (PDX) began June 12 with American
  • Chicago (ORD) and Saskatoon (YXE) beginning August 27 on United
  • Dallas (DFW) and Latrobe (LBE) began June 14 on Spirit
  • Hartford (BDL) and Ft. Myers (RSW) seasonal service beginning October 24 on JetBlue
  • Hartford (BDL) and Tampa (TPA) beginning October 24 on JetBlue
  • Houston (IAH) and Denver (DEN) began June 13 on Spirit
  • Houston (IAH) and Detroit (DTW) began June 13 on Spirit
  • Houston (HOU) and Washington, D.C. (DCA) beginning August 4 on Southwest
  • Los Angeles (LAX) and Bentonville (XNA) beginning August 27 on American (operated by American Eagle)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) and Columbus (CMH) beginning August 27 on American
  • Los Angeles (LAX) and Eugene (EUG) began June 12 on American (operated by American Eagle)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) and Hartford (HFD) beginning August 27 on American
  • Los Angeles (LAX) and Indianapolis (IND) beginning August 27 on American
  • Los Angeles (LAX) and Pittsburgh (PIT) beginning August 27 on American
  • Los Angeles (LAX) and Raleigh (RDU) began April 2 on American
  • Los Angeles (LAX) and Redmond (RDM) began June 12 on American (operated by American Eagle)
  • Miami (MIA) and San Diego (SAN) began June 12 on American
  • Minneapolis (MSP) and Chicago (MDW) beginning July 1 on Sun Country
  • New York City (JFK) and Charleston (CHS) began February 28 on JetBlue
  • New York City (JFK) and Albuquerque (ABQ) began April 22 on JetBlue
  • Newark (EWR) and Los Angeles (LAX) began April 9 on Virgin America
  • Newark (EWR) and San Francisco (SFO) began April 9 on Virgin America
  • San Diego (SAN) and Boston (BOS) began March 29 on Alaska
  • San Diego (SAN) and Lihue (LIH) began June 7 on Alaska
  • San Francisco (SFO) and Austin (AUS) began May 21 on Virgin America
  • Seattle (SEA) and Anchorage (ANC) seasonal service began June 10 and is valid through September 1 on Delta
  • Seattle (SEA) and Las Vegas (LAS) began June 10 on Delta
  • Seattle (SEA) and Salt Lake City (SLC) began April 4 on Alaska
  • Wichita (ICT) and Chicago (MDW) began June 2 on Southwest
  • Wichita (ICT) and Dallas (DAL) began June 2 on Southwest
  • Wichita (ICT) and Las Vegas (LAS) began June 2 on Southwest
  • Worcester (ORH) and Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) beginning November 7 on JetBlue
  • Worcester (ORH) and Orlando (MCO) beginning November 7 on JetBlue

    Caribbean:

  • Chicago (ORD) and San Juan (SJU) beginning November 5 on United
  • Chicago (ORD) and San Juan (SJU) beginning November 20 with JetBlue
  • Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) and Port-au-Prince (PAP) beginning December 5 on JetBlue
  • New York City (JFK) and Port-au-Prince (PAP) beginning December 5 on JetBlue
  • San Juan (SJU) and Santiago, Dominican Republic (STI) began May 1 on JetBlue
  • San Juan (SJU) and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ) began May 1 on JetBlue

    Mexico and Central and South America:

  • Chicago (ORD) and San Jose, Costa Rica, (SJO) began April 13 on United
  • Dallas (DFW) and Los Cabos (SJD) began June 14 on Spirit
  • Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) and Lima (LIM) beginning November 21 on JetBlue
  • Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) and Medellin (MDE) began June 13 on JetBlue
  • Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) and San Jose, Costa Rica, (SJO) began June 27 on JetBlue
  • Los Angeles (LAX) and Belize City (BZE) beginning December 21 on Delta
  • Los Angeles (LAX) and Sao Paulo (GRU) beginning November 21 on American
  • Washington, D.C., (IAD) and Guatemala City (GUA) began April 13 on United
  • Washington, D.C., (IAD) and San Jose, Costa Rica, (SJO) began April 13 on United

    Europe:

  • Chicago (ORD) and Dusseldorf (DUS) began April 11 on American
  • Houston (IAD) and Istanbul (IST) on Turkish Airlines began April 1 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and increasing service to every day but Thursdays as of July 3
  • Miami (MIA) and Milan (MXP) beginning November 21 on American
  • New York City (JFK) and Dublin (DUB) began June 12 on American
  • New York City (JFK) and Malaga (AGP) began June 8 on Delta
  • New York City (JFK) and Pisa (PSA) began June 3 on Delta
  • New York City (JFK) and Zurich (ZRH) began June 12 on Delta
  • Newark (EWR) and Paris (CDG) beginning began 1 on Delta
  • San Francisco (SFO) and Paris (CDG) began April 26 on United

    Asia:

  • Dallas (DFW) and Seoul (ICN) began May 9 on American
  • Denver (DEN) and Tokyo (NRT) began June 10 on United
  • Houston (IAH) and Beijing (PEK) beginning July 11 on Air China
  • Seattle (SEA) and Shanghai (PVG) began June 17 on Delta
  • Seattle (SEA) and Tokyo (HND) began June 1 on Delta

    Middle East:

  • Chicago (ORD) and Doha (DOH) Qatar Airways began thrice-weekly service in April and nonstop-daily service on June 15

    On the Horizon

    These tentative international routes are in the works for 2014:

  • Chicago (ORD) and Sao Paulo GRU) on American
  • Oahu (HNL) and Beijing (PEK) on Hawaiian

    "Direct" vs. "Nonstop" Flights

    To the airlines, "direct" and "nonstop" mean two different things. A "nonstop" literally does not stop en route from point A to point B, whereas a "direct" flight can stop once or more between points A and B, as long as passengers are not required to deplane during the stopover. Learn the difference between "direct," "nonstop," and similar industry terms to avoid surprise stops on your next flight.

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