New air routes are always good things. They mean a new path has been forged because the travelers desire needed to be filled and there are enough consumers who want to go a certain place to make the airline who forged the new route some money. This spring and summer, try these two new air routes and enjoy the lower fare and easy access to places heretofore difficult and expensive to reach.
First of all, Delta Airlines (tel. 800/221-1212; www.delta.com) has announced flights to what they call Florida's "forgotten coast" and "the other Florida." Having started this past January 31, 2005, they began flying from John F. Kennedy Airport to Tallahassee, Florida and Pensacola. Previously, almost all flights from the East Coast had to go through Atlanta to get to such pretty Panhandle towns as Destin, Seaside and Spring Break hotspot Panama City.
The two non-stop daily flights to Pensacola leave at 7 a.m. and 11:55 a.m from J.F.K. on Delta's commuter connection airline Comair. They cost $79 each way. The other Delta route to Pensacola also offers daily non-stops to Pensacola from J.F.K. on Comair for $109 round-trip.
If you're not familiar with the area and want to take a trip there, sensational New York-area restaurant, hotel, and residential architect David Rockwell (www.rockwellgroup.com) designed the luxurious beachfront WaterColor Inn (tel. 866/466-2656; www.watercolorinn.com) in Seagrove, Florida. If you act fast, as in before February 28, 2005, two nights will get you a third free bringing your nightly room rate down to $180 per night for the lowest costing yet still very spacious room. The 60-room property, developed by the St. Joe Company who is the areas largest land developers, was recently voted to the list of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. While in the area, be sure to visit the planned town of Seaside (tel. 888/732-7433, www.seasidefl.com) developed by two Yale architects seeking to blend the perfect waterfront community with small town America living and architecture. You might remember idyllic Seaside as the location for the Jim Carrey movie, The Truman Show. The above website's "Vacation Rentals" link provides ample opportunity to rent the actual homes of residents who don't live in the community year-round.
Another new air route, this one to a place on the other side of the world, comes from Air Tahiti Nui (tel. 877/824-4846; www.airtahitinui-usa.com), the national carrier of French Polynesia. On July 4, 2005, the airline that gets you to Bora Bora will launch the first-ever non-stop service from New York's J.F.K. to Tahiti with continuing service to Sydney. This flight, which will allow Easterners to skip flying through Los Angeles on their way to the South Pacific Seas, will only take 12 hours. Look for the airline's package vacation and honeymoon deals to go down from their current weekly trip prices air-land prices that start around $2,000 for a week in Tahiti and Moorea. Prices for these trips should soon compete with the lower package costs from Los Angeles that start around $1,100. Fares for the New York-Tahiti route will be announced shortly.