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New Flights From SFO Could Mean Lower Fares

Honolulu, Melbourne and Lisbon Among Cities With Added Service

Margie Shafer
January 12, 2019 - 6:00 am

Air travelers will soon have more flights to choose from at San Francisco International Airport—and that could mean cheaper fares.

This year, the airport’s largest carrier, United Airlines, will add flights to New Delhi, Toronto and Melbourne, Australia— all markets already served by competitors. Next month, the airline’s new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners will take off from SFO for New Jersey’s Newark Airport, which serves New York City.

Sun Country has also announced seasonal, non-stop service to Honolulu, starting in May. The year 2019 will also welcome non-stop flights from Air Italy and Air Portugal to Milan and Lisbon, respectively.

The competition among the airlines will likely benefit travelers, SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said to KCBS Radio .

“Anytime a new airline or a new route launches, that airline will offer very competitive fares,” said Yakel 

Airlines are revving up their competition over traveler's wallets, even at the cost of some standard comforts for passengers. JetBlue, United and others are now offering "basic economy" fares that strip away options like carry-on bags or a choice of seats.

Written by Jordan Bowen.