With the world’s peak summer travel season is upon us, the last month has seen airlines launch, or announced plans for, new service on more than a dozen new long-haul routes to the United States:
- Eurowings has added 27 new routes to its Austrian and German portfolio over the last week including a new route from its Düsseldorf base to Miami.
- American Airlines has introduced three new transatlantic routes to Budapest, Prague and Venice. Budapest and Prague are connected to Philadelphia, while Venice benefits from a six-times-weekly service from Chicago O’Hare.
- LOT Polish Airlines has begun transatlantic service from Budapest to New York JFK, and from its Hungarian hub to Chicago O’Hare.
- Norwegian began its first long-haul route from Amsterdam on May 7th, with four-times-weekly service to New York JFK. The airline has competition on the route from KLM (20 times weekly) and Delta Air Lines (twice-daily).
- Five days before the Amsterdam inaugural, Norwegian added its latest U.S. route—from Paris CDGto Boston three times a week.
- WOW air introduced its latest U.S. route link to its network on May 3, adding a four-times-weekly service between Reykjavik/Keflavik and
- Eurowings has added a new flight link between its Düsseldorf base and New York JFK. It operates daily, except on Tuesdays.
- Iberia, part of the IAG Group, hasbegun three-times-a-week operations to San Francisco from its Madrid It is the latest addition to Iberia’s US network which has services to Miami, New York JFK, Boston, Chicago O’Hare and Los Angeles.
- WOW air recently introduced two new U.S. airports to its network: from Reykjavik/Keflavik: Detroit and New York JFK. Service to JFK is daily, while the route to Detroit will operate four times weekly. Detroit services will also see A321 operations, with WOW air presently having 13 of the aircraft type in service.
- LOT Polish Airlineshas added a flight between New York/Newark and Rzeszów. Lot will operate the route weekly, with flights leaving Newark on Sundays, with the return service from Rzeszow departing on Monday. The route faces no direct competition.
- Norwegian has added it latest California connection with a new flight between Paris CDGand Oakland. The European carrier will operate the connection four times weekly.
- Primera Air has begun its first transatlantic flights from London Stanstedto New York/Newark, just over a week after launching flights to Malaga and Alicante. While there is no direct competition on the airport pair, Air India, British Airways, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways all offer services from London Heathrow.
- British Airways has announced an increase in flights to Washington D.C. this winter. Beginning October 28, BA will be adding three flights a week to its Washington Dulles
- Still more flights to New York: Norwegian is to launch an additional daily flight between London and New York in the autumn. Beginning October 29, the extra frequency will depart from London Gatwick at 09.50 and land at New York JFK at 13.00.The return flight will leave JFK at 19.40 and land at Gatwick at 07.10 the following day.
- British Airways has launched its nonstop service from Nashville to London. British Airways is not the first to attempt a direct London flight from Nashville. In 1994, American Airlines launched the same route, but canceled it just one year later when the carrier ended Nashville’s hub status.
- JetBlue has announced plans to introduce two new daily nonstop flights to Mexico City with service from Boston and New York JFK beginning Oct. 25, 2018. The new routes, subject to government approval, will add to JetBlue’s existing service to Mexico City from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Fort Lauderdale. JetBlue will offer six daily flights between the U.S. and Mexico’s capital city. JetBlue’s new service to Mexico City follows a decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation to require certain airlines to divest airport slots in order to enhance competition at Mexico City International Airport.
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