For route news, Southwest establishes new routes from O’Hare and Colorado Springs – but not to Oakland; Norway publishes its proposed 2021 transatlantic timetable including SFO-London flights; United, Alaska will add its Tampa service from SFO next month; United cut through Atlanta, Raleigh; Puerto Vallarta imposes new coronavirus restrictions; JetBlue adjusts the middle empty seat policy; United tests COVID-19 for free on the Newark-London route; hundreds of visitors are currently banned for not wearing masks; The Delta-WestJet joint venture is expected to be OK; news on international routes from Alaska, United, Lufthansa, Delta, Virgin Atlantic, JetBlue; XpresCheck extends beyond COVID testing at JFK and Newark; Mineta San Jose is building a new attraction for the kids; and Salt Lake City International opened a second new lounge.
Though Oakland is home to a substantial Southwest Airlines airline It is not among the routes the airline will add from two new airports on its system map next year. Southwest recently announced it will expand its presence in Chicago next year from Midway Airport to O̵7;Hare, and it has now revealed its initial schedule. The airline will begin flying out of O’Hare on February 14 with 20 departures daily, including six flights per day to Denver, four flights per day to Nashville, Dallas Love Field and Baltimore / Washington and two flights per day. Phoenix. Southwest will operate out of Terminal 5 at O’Hare. On November 11, Southwest also began new service from Colorado Springs, about an hour south of Denver, with four flights a day to Denver International (only 75 miles), three to Dallas Love Field International and two days to Las Vegas, Phoenix and Chicago Midway. The company will also add the Houston George Bush Intercontinental to its network next year but has yet to say which markets it will serve.