These new low-cost airlines (could) offer deals

This spring, Icelandic airline Play began flying between the United States and Iceland. Service has already started between Baltimore and Boston to Reykjavík, with continued flights to Dublin, Prague and nearly two dozen European cities. Flights to and from New York Stewart International Airport, an hour’s drive from Manhattan in New Windsor, New York, are expected to begin this month. If you want to check how much baggage fees or seat assignments might cost — or even pay for your ticket — you’ll need to create an account with an email address.

Other new international carriers include Zipair, a Tokyo-based airline that offers daily nonstop flights to Tokyo from Los Angeles and Honolulu (once daily after July 16). But unlike many other low-cost carriers, Zipair has a separate business class cabin on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner with reclining seats. These seats can start from $900 one way, compared to business class tickets from established carriers which can easily exceed $3,000 each way.

And Arajet, a low-cost carrier in the Dominican Republic, plans to begin operations in July with a fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8s. With a base in Santo Domingo, the airline plans to serve destinations in the United States, the Brazil and Colombia, but a roadmap has not yet been announced.

Avelo Airlines began service last April, with nonstop flights to more than 30 US destinations from hubs in Burbank, California, New Haven, Connecticut, and Orlando. As with many other low-cost carriers, Avelo’s flights are not scheduled daily. Tickets on its new routes, including Baltimore to Orlando and Burbank to Denver, start at $29 each way.

Breeze Airways, founded by former JetBlue chief executive David Neeleman, began operations in May 2021. The Utah-based airline flies to more than 30 US destinations, including airports in Westchester County in New York , Louisville, Ky., and Charleston, SC, and emphasizes its “point-to-point” single-route system — instead of the traditional hub-and-spoke model — as a benefit to travelers.

In May, the airline also announced that it would begin nonstop service between Jacksonville, Fla., and eight cities, including New Orleans and Las Vegas. Fares start at $49 each way. If you’re used to calling customer service to buy, change or cancel flights, you’re out of luck; the airline only responds to requests by e-mail, SMS or via Facebook.

Ah! — which stands for air, hotel and adventure — is a brand operated by regional airline ExpressJet Airlines. It offers nonstop flights from its hub in Reno, Nevada, to 10 West Coast destinations, including Palm Springs, Calif., and Spokane, Wash.

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