KANSAS CITY TO KEFLAVIK ON ICELANDAIR
Iceland’s original low-fare line will fly from Kansas City for the first time this year, with three weekly flights May through September. As far as I can tell, these are the first ever non-stops from Kansas City to Europe. Icelandair is also returning to Baltimore and San Francisco for the summer, and WOW will be adding more U.S. destinations. Look for insanely low basic fares and very stiff fees for checked bags, food service and seat selection.
DES MOINES TO SAN FRANCISCO ON FRONTIER
Partner lines Frontier and Spirit have taken over the role of low-price leaders in domestic U.S. flights, and both lines have announced dozens of new air routes this year. By summertime Frontier will add 37 new routes, with three or more each flying from Austin, Colorado Springs, Denver, Islip (Long Island) and San Jose. Most cover routes with existing service on other lines; a few, including Des Moines to San Francisco, provide the only non-stop air routes.