In this week’s air travel developments, a new survey finds that most Americans would fly more if they weren’t so anxious about delays, cancellations and airport congestion; Taiwan’s Starlux hopes to add San Francisco flights this year and forms a partnership with a U.S. carrier; American will join a crowded field in offering Los Angeles-New Zealand service next winter as it pulls back from plans to develop Seattle as its West Coast international gateway; U.S. carriers continue to hold off a restoration of service to China; there’s more international route news from JetBlue, Lufthansa, Alaska/Icelandair, American and Avianca El Salvador; United plans to reduce some service to Hawaii from the West Coast in December; Santa Rosa gets new low-cost carrier service to Oregon, and there’s domestic route news from JSX, Avelo and Spirit Airlines; Southwest’s bottom line takes a big hit from its December operational meltdown; San Francisco International’s AirTrain reopens a Terminal 1 stop; San Jose bigwigs turn out for a restaurant opening at SJC; and Orlando International opens a rail terminal for intrastate train service.
Although the outlook for leisure travel this year remains robust, a new survey commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association finds that Americans would probably take even more trips if they weren’t so concerned about the possibility of flight disruptions. While 53% of survey respondents said they plan to travel in the next six months, “less than one-third of recent air travelers (32%) are very satisfied with the air travel experience,” USTA said. And while 42% traveled by air for leisure in the past 12 months, “35% of those reported having a flight delayed or canceled,” USTA said. More than half of the respondents (52%) to this second-quarter survey “say they would travel more for leisure in the next six months if the travel experience was not as much of a hassle,” USTA said — almost twice the number who said so in a first-quarter poll. Asked what makes air travel such a hassle, 43% cited “crowding and congestion” and 40% blamed flight delays and cancellations.