More Flights, Lower Fares To Europe, Costa Rica

American Airlines will add flights in April between New York and three destinations: San Jose, Costa Rica; Madrid; and Manchester, England.

I see some pretty good fares this spring on all three of those routes, which is probably not a coincidence. Any increase in supply can push prices down in the ultra-competitive airline business.

So fares are running at $339 between JFK and San Jose on American, round-trip, all taxes and fees included, through March and April. Delta has the same fare between Newark and San Jose on Delta. Mexicana and TACA are even lower, at $313 and $276, respectively, both out of JFK. And they’re all undercutting ultra-no-frills Spirit Airlines, which flies to San Jose out of LaGuardia, at this point with a bottom fare of $367.

The lowest fares on flights between New York and Madrid are running about $600, round trip, in early spring. They’re about the same to Manchester, England, in March and somewhat higher in April. But both airports are still seeing fares markedly lower than many other destinations in Europe.

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