In this week’s roundup, the low-cost carrier Norse Atlantic Airways plans to start service from San Francisco, Los Angeles and two other cities to London this summer; United revives SFO-Hong Kong nonstop flights; EVA Air boosts SFO-Taipei frequencies; Delta resumes nonstop flights on two China routes; additional international route news comes from Ethiopian Airlines, American, ITA, United and Frontier; Spirit Airlines will add a new Texas route from Oakland; Southwest adds service at Sacramento and Long Beach; American drops a Long Beach route but adds a transcontinental one from Orange County; Avelo expands at Hollywood Burbank; a study recommends how early travelers should get to the airport, and SFO ranks high on the list of airports with the earliest recommended arrival times; Southwest adds a new in-flight beverage for Gen Zers; American revises its policy on family members sitting together; Lufthansa and Qantas unveil new first- and business-class products; SFO invites the public to submit San Francisco photos for a new exhibit in one of its terminals; and Sacramento’s airport deploys facial recognition technology.
Last week, we mentioned that Japan’s low-cost carrier Zipair will start flying from San Francisco International to Tokyo this summer, and now a low-cost European carrier plans to add new transatlantic service from SFO. Norse Atlantic Airways said this week that SFO-London Gatwick is one of four U.S. routes it will add in the coming months, along with service from Gatwick to Washington Dulles, Los Angeles and Boston. The carrier plans to launch the SFO-London 787 flights July 1, operating three days a week with fares starting as low as $185 each way. The LAX route begins June 30, offering daily flights with starting fares of $199 each way. Washington-London starts June 1 with up to six weekly flights, and Boston-London kicks off Sept. 2 with five departures a week. Norse Atlantic also recently announced plans to start flying to London from Orlando and Fort Lauderdale in late May. It already serves London Gatwick from New York JFK.