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For future reference: direct flights from Des Moines to Phoenix (and Orlando)

This welcome information in a DSM Register story today (especially for those of us who fly annually to Arizona):

Frontier Airlines plans to launch a seasonal, nonstop flight between Des Moines and Phoenix, the company announced Tuesday.

The flight will operate Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays starting Dec. 6. Frontier did not say what time of year the flight will operate, but officials at the Des Moines International Airport said they expect Frontier to fly the route in the winter and early spring when there is strong demand from snowbirds and sun-seekers.

The new flight will be the third nonstop route between Des Moines and greater Phoenix. American Airlines flies to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport daily. Allegiant Air launched a twice-weekly flight to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport last year.

Frontier on Tuesday announced several new vacation-oriented flights between Midwestern cities and destinations in Arizona, Florida and Mexico. The airline said it was part of a strategy to shift more of its capacity to “cold to warm” routes.

The news comes on the heels of Frontier’s announcement last month that it will launch a nonstop flight between Des Moines and Orlando.

Frontier’s new flight will depart Phoenix at 3:50 p.m. and land in Des Moines at 7:53 p.m. It will leave Des Moines at 8:35 p.m and arrive in Phoenix at 10:56 p.m.

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Good resource for finding out about flight delays (maybe today’s Denver delay hurricane-related?)

My daughter had a brutal 6:10 a.m. flight this morning to Albuquerque via Denver (which meant getting to the Des Moines airport at about 4:45 a.m. – with a very overweight bag that has to be slimmed down to avoid an excess baggage fee of $100. $100?). Now she’s stuck in Denver where her connecting flight is delayed. She was supposed to leave Denver at 8:30 a.m. after a 1.5 hour layover. That’s now turned into a 4-5 hour layover. The last we heard, her flight is scheduled to leave at 12 p.m. (Mountain/Colorado time – 1 p.m. here in Iowa.) Don’t know what the issue is (although I did appreciate getting an email notice from United) but wondering if maybe it’s related to the Hurricane south of us. The other possibility is a repeat of the delays caused Tuesday when the airline’s computer network crashed. HOPE neither is the case. I can’t find any sign on Denver FAA website that there’s lots of delays there. The website. http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp  (see below) is a good resource, providing airport status info from the FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center. (Oh I just looovvvveee the internet – as Eloise would say.)

Speaking of the hurricane, I’ve been emailing with a friend (a former high school teacher) who actually picked next Tuesday to move from New Orleans to Martha’s Vineyard – and she’s not sure if she’ll be able to leave. And my stepdaughter, who was supposed to fly to NOLA for Labor Day weekend has postponed her plans, which is wise.

Flight Delay Information – Air Traffic Control System Command Center

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General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Seattle, Washington

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

San Francisco International (SFO)
San Francisco, California

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

San Jose International Airport (SJC)
San Jose, California

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Los Angeles International (LAX)
Los Angeles, California

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

San Diego-Lindbergh Field (SAN)
San Diego, California

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Las Vegas McCarran International (LAS)
Las Vegas, Nevada

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX)
Phoenix, Arizona

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
Salt Lake City, Utah

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Denver International (DEN)
Denver, Colorado

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
Kansas City, Missouri

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Dallas/Ft Worth International (DFW)
Dallas-Ft Worth, Texas

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

George Bush Intercontinental/Houston (IAH)
Houston, Texas

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Minneapolis-St Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain (MSP)
Minneapolis, Minnesota

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Lambert-St Louis International Airport (STL)
St Louis, Missouri

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Memphis International Airport (MEM)
Memphis, Tennessee

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Chicago OHare International (ORD)
Chicago, Illinois

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Chicago Midway (MDW)
Chicago, Illinois

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
Indianapolis, Indiana

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Nashville International Airport (BNA)
Nashville, Tennessee

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International (CVG)
Covington/Cincinnati, OH, Kentucky

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW)
Detroit, Michigan

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

The William B Hartsfield International (ATL)
Atlanta, Georgia

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)
Cleveland, Ohio

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.

Tampa International (TPA)
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  • General Arrival/Departure delays are 15 minutes or less.
  • Departures are experiencing taxi delays of 16 to 45 minutes and/or arrivals are experiencing airborne holding delays of 16 to 45 minutes.
  • Traffic destined to this airport is being delayed at its departure point. Check your departure airport to see if your flight may be affected.
  • Departures are experiencing taxi delays greater than 45 minutes and/or arrivals are experiencing airborne holding delays greater than 45 minutes.
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When airlines change the particulars of the flight you’ve paid for – any recourse?

Well it’s happened again: An airline has changed the flights we’ve already paid for. And this time, notice comes a scant two weeks before the trip on Thanksgiving day. My husband was flying from Des Moines to NYC via Milwaukee on Air Tran. We picked the early morning flight (6 a.m.)  because it’s cheaper than flying Wednesday eve (albeit  not cheap at $299.50) and although he had only a 35-minute  layover, he’d remain on the same plane to NYC.

Not any more.

Now he has to change planes in Milwaukee and will have a 1.5 hour layover and get into NYC an hour later. (Did I mention that we also chose this flight because it roughly coincided with the arrival of my son’s flight  from Chicago? The idea being  to avoid paying for two ridiculously expensive cab rides into Manhattan. Don’t get me started on how irritating it is not to have a subway that connects to LaGuardia. Yes there’s a bus but, I’m told, it’s not an easy option. What a racket…)

Anyway, the last minute flight switcheroo is very frustrating – and I wonder if there is any recourse. At this late date, it’s probably too late anyway to switch flights or airlines – even if that is/was an option.

 

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More good flight news from Des Moines

Getting to the Des Moines Airport will be trickier during the next few months, due to road construction en route – especially for people coming from the north. But there is some good news – Delta is adding flights to both Atlanta and Detroit (my home town) and will reinstate nonstop service to Cincinnati.

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Sun Country – cheap flights from Minneapolis

A story about small budget airlines in last Sunday’s NYTimes Travel section caught my eye – especially the tidbit about Sun Country Airlines, which I’d never heard of. It flies from Minneapolis/St. Paul to 30 destinations in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean – and will start flying to London’s Gatwick airport on May 27 with rates starting at $422 one way in the summer. Almost sounds too good to be true – but if it’s true, may be worth the four hour drive between Des Moines and the Twin Cities.

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Watching tv on the plane out of Des Moines

This is a first – watching “30 Rock” on the flight from Des Moines to Chicago. It was a United flight – much bigger plane than usual and more amenities. Amazing.

Now in NYC – where I landed yesterday afternoon in time to do my usual – walk 32 blocks until I dropped, famished in front of a new restaurant I wanted to try – in this case the Shake Shack on 77th and Columbus which did not disappoint and was packed at 2:45 p.m. (oddly.)

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Trying to figure out airline baggage regs before we leave Panama

So our bags are packed, we’re ready to go, we’ve leaving on a jet plane…(planes actually) for Panama City tomorrow – and it’s still not clear whether we can check one bag for free or if it will cost $30 or something like that. The American Airlines online baggage info mentions one-bag free for travelers between U.S. and Mexico, Virgin Islands, Europe, but doesn’t mention Central America. Or South America. So I guess we’ll just wait and see.

Would be nice to know in advance – particularly so I could know that if I opt to carry-on, I need to have pack liquid stuff in required sizes and be ready to pull it out at security – and to not  bring things like my Swiss Army Knife, which would presumably be confiscated in a carry-on bag. With all these new rules and regs, flying seems a lot more fraught than it used to be….not to mention various delays, weather and non-weather, that can hamper a three-flight trip. But here’s hoping!!

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