New flights and new entertainment options lead this week’s air travel news.
In flight news, this week Southwest Airlines published its extended flight schedule through October 31. Starting Saturday, August 10, the airline will add Saturday-only service between Dallas Love Field and Corpus Christi. Additionally, the carrier is adding service on Saturdays and Sundays between Richmond, Virginia and Tampa, Florida.
The carrier also announced the return of previously-operated seasonal service beginning August 10, 2019, on Saturdays between Hartford, CT, and Fort Lauderdale; Buffalo and Fort Lauderdale; Boise and Chicago Midway; Newark and Orlando; Richmond and Orlando; and Milwaukee and Seattle. Southwest's seasonal weekend service between Des Moines and Phoenix will also once again be offered beginning August 10.
In the Caribbean, this week the island of Grenada released an update on the latest new airlift to the destination. Starting in December, American Airlines, Sunwing and Air Canada all added new flights. American added an additional flight on Saturdays out of Miami, ending service March 30, while Sunwing launched 22 flights from Toronto Pearson, with service ending April 21. Air Canada added a third weekly flight, running every Tuesday and also out of Toronto Pearson. That service ends on March 26.
In in-flight entertainment news, this week Delta announced the addition of ad-free podcasts to its Delta Studio seatback entertainment, which is available on more than 600 aircraft as of February 1. The new podcasts include Dr. Death – a true crime podcast that follows the story of a charming surgeon from Texas convicted of widespread and lethal malpractice, as well as Business Wars, The A24 Podcast, This American Life, Hello Sunshine Podcast and The goop Podcast.