Aviation notes: Philly airport economy lot won’t reopen; other news from Frontier, American

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Philadelphia International Airport’s plans to increase cargo capacity will come at the expense of its lower-priced parking lots that were already closed during the pandemic.

The airport has ambitious plans to become an East Coast cargo hub.

PHL’s Economy Parking Lot is 40 acres. Officials are  evaluating options to replace lost airport parking capacity.  

Covered parking rates at the airport is among the most expensive in the nation.

Airport offiicals are asking holiday travelers to consider other options including off-airport parking,  transit, ride sharing services and friends staying around town.

Privately owned off-airport parking options are many, due to the high rates at the terminal.

Frontier orders 91 new Airbus jets

Frontier Airlines announced a major fleet expansion with an order for 91 additional A321neo aircraft from  Airbus.

Frontier is flying from New Castle-Wilmington Airport to Orlando, two to three times a week.

“These additional A321neo aircraft will enable us to triple the size of the airline by 2029,” said Barry Biffle,  CEO, Frontier Airlines. “We are already America’s Greenest Airline with an existing fleet that is 43 percent more fuel-efficient, on average per seat, than other U.S. carriers.

The new aircraft are scheduled for delivery between 2023 and 2029. They are in addition to Frontier’s existing order book of 143 aircraft to be delivered between 2022 and 2028, bringing the airline’s total aircraft on order to 234. By the end of 2029, Frontier’s total fleet size is expected to include 272 jets.

Frontier currently has 112 aircraft in its fleet. In addition, the company currently flies to more than 100 destinations within the U.S., Mexico, Caribbean, and Latin America.

In a related development, the budget airline added 13 new nonstop routes from Orlando.

Frontier now has 81 nonstop destinations from Orlando. Service is mainly offered a few times a week to domestic and Caribbean destinations that range from Sioux Falls, Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Turks & Caicos.

American makes a few cuts in Philly

It could have been worse. 

The Points Guy website reported that American Airlines is cutting service from Philadelphia International Airport to a few destinations.

Taking the brunt of the Amrican  cutbacks were the New York airports of La Guardia and John F. Kennedy. American is offering flights to Athens and New Delhi from JFK.

Gone will be short-haul service between Philadelphia and Baltimore, Philadelphia and the Canadian capital of Ottawa, and to and from Charleston, WV.

The cuts come as American, and Jet Blue announce an alliance that has been touted as a boon to East Coast Travelers. Federal regulators smell monopoly and hope to block the deal.

Southwest to build maintenance base at BWI

At Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, Southwest Airlines is building  a  $135 million maintenance center, its first on  the East Coast.

The 27-acre site will include a hangar to accommodate up to three Boeing 737 aircraft and an apron space to accommodate up to eight  jets, along with associated office and workshop space. 

Nearly $45 million of the cost will be picked up by the State of Maryland.

Southwest employs 4,000 at its Baltimore-Washington hub.

 

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