Every day, airlines around the world launch new routes, some with little fanfare, others with great fanfare. Regardless of their status, we collect the most interesting routes announced each week, and share them with you here.

Routes Announced This Week (March 20th – March 26th)

Delta is adding new service between Seattle and Chicago, as part of the expansion of its Seattle hub. Photo Credits: Flickr / Allen McGregor

Delta: Seattle – Chicago

As part of Delta’s expansion in Seattle, the airline has expanded into the Chicago market, announcing the start of three daily flights between the cities starting June 19th, 2017. The airline will use Airbus A319 aircraft for all flights, and arrival times in Seattle are timed to connect with flights along the West Coast, to Hawaii, and Asia.

Schedule: Seattle – Chicago (Monday-Friday, Sunday)

DL2981 Seattle 7:40am Departure –> Chicago 1:45pm Arrival

DL2989 Seattle 11:15am Departure –> Chicago 5:20pm Arrival

DL2983 Seattle 5:00pm Departure –> Chicago 11:05pm Arrival

Schedule: Seattle – Chicago (Saturday)

DL2981 Seattle 9:30am Departure –> Chicago 3:35pm Arrival

DL2989 Seattle 3:10pm Departure –> Chicago 9:15pm Arrival

Schedule: Chicago – Seattle (Monday-Friday, Sunday)

DL2979 Chicago 7:30am Departure –> Seattle 10:05am Arrival

DL2981 Chicago 2:20pm Departure –> Seattle 4:55pm Arrival

DL2981 Chicago 5:55pm Departure –> Seattle 8:30pm Arrival

Schedule: Chicago – Seattle (Monday-Friday, Sunday)

DL2979 Chicago 7:30am Departure –> Seattle 10:05am Arrival

DL2981 Chicago 4:00pm Departure –> Seattle 6:35pm Arrival

Visiting Bimini’s beaches just got easier with Elite Airways’ new service between Melbourne, FL, Newark and Bimini. Photo Credits: The Out Islands

Elite Airways: Melbourne, FL – Bimini

Elite Airways has announced the beginning of flights between the U.S. and the Bahamas, starting flights twice weekly to South Bimini from Melbourne, FL, whose airport is located near Orlando. Flights will be operated by Elite Airways CRJ-700 aircraft, and start operation on April 27th, 2017.

Schedule: Melbourne, FL – Bimini (operates Mondays, Thursdays)

7Q22 Melbourne 6:30am Departure –> Bimini 7:15am Arrival

Schedule: Bimini – Melbourne, FL (operates Mondays, Thursdays)

7Q25 Bimini 4:35pm Departure –> Melbourne 5:10pm Arrival

JetBlue is expanding its MINT Business Class service to new routes — between Boston and San Diego, as well as between New York JFK and Las Vegas. Photo Credits: JetBlue

JetBlue (MINT): Boston – San Diego, New York JFK – Las Vegas

In time for the holiday travel season this December, JetBlue is expanding its A321 MINT service to flights between Boston and San Diego, as well as between New York JFK and Las Vegas. Service on the Boston – San Diego route will begin on December 10th*, while service on the New York JFK – Las Vegas route will begin on November 6th**. However, on the New York JFK – Las Vegas route, one daily flight will continue to have the standard JetBlue product.

Schedule: Boston – San Diego MINT (operates daily except for note)

*B6 619 Boston 7:45am Departure –> San Diego 11:07am Arrival (does not operate Saturdays, *MINT service begins December 20th, 2017)

B6 19 Boston 4:45pm Departure –> San Diego 8:07pm Arrival

Schedule: Boston – San Diego MINT (operates daily except for note)

*B6 620 San Diego 12:05pm Departure –> Boston 8:27pm Arrival (does not operate Saturdays, *MINT service begins December 20th, 2017)

B6 20 San Diego 10:05pm Departure –> Boston 6:28am+1 Arrival

Schedule: New York JFK – Las Vegas MINT

As the winter schedule has not been released yet for this route, this section will be updated after its release, however you can go online to book this flight at jetblue.com.

Passengers in Manchester can continue to fly to New York City on Pakistan International Airlines, however, the flight only operates one-way. Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons / Alex Proimos

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA): Manchester – New York JFK

Pakistan Airlines re-opened bookings for passengers flying between Manchester and New York JFK for flights after June 3rd, 2017, after shutting them for a period of time. These flights originate in Karachi and Lahore, both in Pakistan, however it is possible to just book the Manchester – New York sector of the flight. There’s a catch though: you’ll have to find your own way back to Manchester, as these flights operate non-stop from New York back to Pakistan. However, these flights can be a cheap and more convenient option for those wanting to hop the pond.

Schedule: Manchester – New York (Tuesday, Sunday)

PK721/PK711 Manchester 12:45pm Departure –> New York JFK 2:55pm Arrival (flight operates as PK721 on Tuesdays, operates as PK711 on Saturdays, but both flights have the same timing)

Australians now have a new way to reach Hong Kong, with Virgin Australia’s new service from Melbourne. Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons / Exploringlife

Virgin Australia: Melbourne – Hong Kong

Looking overseas, Virgin Australia has announced the beginning of flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong, starting July 5th, 2017. Virgin Australia will use its Airbus A330-200 aircraft on this route, five times weekly. Virgin Australia’s new flight will accompany the three daily flights by Cathay Pacific, and the daily flight by Qantas.

Schedule, Melbourne – Hong Kong

VA089 Melbourne 12:35am Departure –> Hong Kong 8:15am Arrival (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays)

VA087 Melbourne 9:40am Departure –> Hong Kong 5:20pm Arrival (Wednesdays)

VA087 Melbourne 10:25am Departure –> Hong Kong 6:05pm Arrival (Mondays)

Schedule, Hong Kong – Melbourne (operates Monday-Thursday, and Saturday)

VA086 Hong Kong 7:50pm Departure –> Melbourne 7:20am+1 Arrival

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