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By Joe Brancatelli

  • Virgin America won’t launch its flights to Orlando from Los Angeles and San Francisco on August 19 after all. The airline claims it won’t have planes to service the route until at least the fourth quarter of the year.
  • US Airways resumes Charlotte-Baton Rouge flights after a seven-year gap. The three daily flights begin June 24 and will operate with 50-seat regional jets.
  • United Airlines has resumed flights to Anchorage from its major hubs. It now offer Saturday-only flights from Chicago/O’Hare; daily flights from Denver and San Francisco start on June 9.
  • Alaska Airlines will drop nonstop flights between Billings and Helena, Montana and between Eugene and Redmond, Oregon.
  • AirTran Airways continues to expand,fueled mainly by grants and underwriting support from the cities being added to the carrier’s route map. AirTran began flights to Huntsville, Alabama, late in May. There are be daily flights to Baltimore/Washington and Orlando. AirTran also added four weekly flights between its Atlanta hub and the resort/gaming community of Tunica, Mississippi.
  • American AirlinesAmerican Eagle subsidiary says it will launch two daily nonstops from its Dallas/Fort Worth hub to Columbus, Georgia, on July 15.

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