When Southwest Airlines begins flying out of Newark this spring, the discount carrier will join the battle for air supremacy in the skies over the metropolitan area.
Southwest and competitors Delta, Continental, American and JetBlue will be vying to steal customers from each other at New York and New Jersey airports. They will be in a dogfight at all three international airports — Newark Liberty, La Guardia and John F. Kennedy — the nation’s most hotly contested airspace.
“There won’t be a single winner in New York, but the more the airlines compete, the better it is for the consumer,” said Mark Murphy, founder of TravelTribe.com, a consumer travel site.
The start of the fare fight at New York metropolitan airports will be occurring as ticket prices have been inching up elsewhere in the country to make up for an increase in the price of jet fuel.
Passengers can expect fare wars on flights to Chicago, Phoenix, Denver and Houston, travel experts say, all routes that Southwest will also have out of Newark.