British Airways announces new daytime flight from Newark to London Heathrow

British Airways has announced the launch of a new, daytime flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to London Heathrow – its third daily flight from Newark to London as business travel returns in 2022.

The additional flight, which launches on June 6, will depart at 7.55am from Newark – allowing travellers to spend an extra night in the New York area before departing on business or leisure, or to arrive in the evening in London to spend the night at home or their hotel. The flight will depart Heathrow at 7.10pm, also allowing travellers to spend the entire day in London before flying to Newark.

The airline is also resuming its ‘daylight’ service from JFK in March – a convenient option particularly for business travellers, and customers who prefer to travel during the day. The additional Newark flight offers added convenience for customers living in Manhattan, Staten Island and New Jersey. The flight will operate daily on a Boeing 777-200 with 48 Club World seats, 40 World Traveller Plus seats, and 184 World Traveller seats.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Networks and Alliances said: ‘We are pleased to be launching our third daily flight from Newark, to further strengthen our New York – London schedule. The convenient morning departure is popular with customers who might prefer having an extra night in New York or arriving in London in the evening to start their following day more refreshed.

‘Including American Airlines, we offer the largest and most convenient schedules from the New York area to London and are the only airline or alliance that offers service to and from both major New York and London airports. As we continue to co-locate our New York and London operations with American Airlines, we will provide a more seamless journey for our customers allowing them to access our combined 15 daily departures’

From April 2022, all flights to JFK and EWR from Heathrow on BA and AA will depart out of BA’s Terminal 5, and by next year, all British Airways flights in JFK will depart from AA’s home in Terminal 8.

The new daytime flight is on sale with return fares starting from $690 in World Traveller and $3,195 in Club World. The fares include taxes, fees and carrier charges.

United Airlines to resume US services from Edinburgh in 2022

Edinburgh Airport has announced that United Airlines will be returning to Scotland with direct flights from Edinburgh to New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. set to resume next year.

The airline will resume its year-round daily nonstop service between Edinburgh and New York/Newark from March 5, 2022 before season services to Chicago O’Hare and Washington D.C. resume on May 7, 2022.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: ‘It’s incredibly exciting to be resuming our transatlantic services with United to allow direct travel between Scotland and the USA for the first time in two years. It will allow families to reunite, friends to reconnect and re-open the strong tourism destinations on both sides of the Atlantic.’

Bob Schumacher, United’s Director of Sales U.K. and Ireland said: ‘We are delighted to return to Scotland in 2022 and resume nonstop services from Edinburgh to the United States. With the return of services, our customers in Edinburgh can once again take advantage of direct connections to the U.S., as well as an unrivalled route network from United’s hubs at New York/Newark, Chicago and Washington, D.C., offering convenient nonstop connections to 129 destinations across the Americas.’

United Airlines will be the first airline to resume services between Scotland and the United States. The year-round daily nonstop service from Edinburgh to New York/Newark and seasonal daily nonstop services from Edinburgh to Chicago O’Hare and Washington D.C. will be operated on Boeing 757-200 aircraft, featuring a total of 169 seats – 16 flat-bed seats in United Polaris business class and 153 in economy, including 45 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.

Jet2 expands New York programme from Manchester and Newcastle Airports for next winter

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks, the UK-based travel and holiday company, has expanded its number of direct New York flights operating from Manchester and Newcastle Airports for next winter.

In total, there are seven additional trips now on sale from Manchester Airport, timed for holidaymakers looking for a Christmas experience in New York. The new trips announced from Manchester Airport will depart on November 29, December 2, December 9, December 13 and December 16, in addition to a Christmas in New York special on December 22 and New Year in New York trip on December 28.

These extra services are in addition to the existing programme of trips and services from Manchester Airport, which include a Black Friday trip departing on November 27, as well as Christmas Shopping and Winter in New York trips on November 30, December 4, December 7, December 11, December 14 and December 18.

From Newcastle Airport, there are now five trips on sale, timed for holidaymakers looking to celebrate Thanksgiving, as well as experience the festive season in the city. The full programme of four-night trips means flights depart from Newcastle Airport on November 22, November 26, December 3, December 6 and December 17.

Further, Jet2 has introduced a total of 27 New York trips from across six of its UK bases for Winter 20, with over 8,500 departing seats on sale in total. In addition to the flights with Jet2.com, there are package city-breaks for sale with Jet2CityBreaks across 3-5 star hotels in central New York locations.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks said: ‘Next winter’s programme of once-in-a-lifetime specials to New York are proving to be extremely popular, so we have responded to that by doubling the number of trips on sale from Manchester Airport, and adding another fantastic trip from Newcastle Airport. This means we have 14 magical trips to New York on sale from Manchester next winter, and five trips on sale from Newcastle. With Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Black Friday and Thanksgiving covered, holidaymakers have never had so much choice when it comes to getting to the Big Apple at this special time of year.’

Norwegian to end transatlantic flights between Ireland and North America in September

Norwegian has said that it is planning to end transatlantic flights between Ireland and North America from September 15, 2019.

Matthew Wood, SVP Long-Haul Commercial at Norwegian, said: ‘As the airline moves from growth to profitability, we have conducted a comprehensive review of our transatlantic operations between Ireland and North America and considering the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, we have concluded that these routes are no longer commercially viable.

‘We take a strict approach to route management and constantly evaluate route performance to ensure we meet customer demand. Compounded by the global grounding of the 737 MAX and the continued uncertainty of its return to service, this has led us to make the difficult decision to discontinue all six routes from Dublin, Cork and Shannon to the US and Canada from 15 September 2019.’

The move affects three transatlantic routes from Dublin: the four weekly flights to Providence, Rhode Island, daily flights to Newburgh, New York and three weekly flights to Hamilton, Ontario. Travellers holding tickets for travel to Dublin from the three airports after mid-September are eligible for a refund or rebooking on other Norwegian flights.

‘We are assisting customers by ensuring they can still get to their destination by rerouting them onto other Norwegian services. Customers will also be offered a full refund if they no longer wish to travel. We will continue to offer scheduled services from Dublin to Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen as normal,’ Wood added.

Norwegian carries almost six million UK passengers each year from London Gatwick, Edinburgh and Manchester Airports to 30 destinations worldwide.

Delta, Virgin announce new route between New York JFK and Edinburgh

Delta and Virgin Atlantic Airways will commence a daily service from Edinburgh Airport direct to New York JFK starting May 27, 2016.

With the addition of Delta’s service to New York, passengers will have increased choice in both direct routes to New York, as well as better connectivity across all of North America via Delta’s extensive network and Sky Team alliance at New York JFK.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said, ‘Edinburgh to New York is a flagship route between two vibrant economic and cultural power houses. The strong bonds between Scotland and America are well known and we look forward to welcoming even more inbound visitors from throughout America to Scotland’s capital city, and similarly assist more Scots in visiting North America.’

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Keith Brown, said: ‘Scotland and the United States share strong cultural and economic bonds, so this new direct service between Edinburgh and New York will only serve to strengthen these links.

‘Of course, we could attract more direct international flights like this to Scotland by cutting rates of Air Passenger Duty, and I once again call on the UK Government to transfer these powers to the Scottish Parliament as soon as possible.’

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland added: ‘We are delighted that Delta has chosen to launch a direct service from New York to Edinburgh. The United States continues to be our biggest international market for inbound tourism but there is always room for growth. Direct route improvements over the last two years have helped boost visitor numbers and this new route will tap in to Delta’s vast North American network opening up even more opportunities for US visitors to come to Scotland.’

The airline will offer all passengers on-demand access to in-flight entertainment and Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the aircraft. Those travelling in the Delta One cabin will also benefit from full flat-bed seats and a range of personalised dining options.

Birmingham gets new daily flight to JFK Airport

Birmingham Airport and American Airlines have announced the launch of new direct daily flights between Birmingham and New York John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK).

The American Airlines flight will operate daily, arriving from JFK into Birmingham at 0700 local UK time. It will depart for its return leg at 0900, arriving into New York JFK at 1155 local US time. The route will provide nearly 100,000 seats between Birmingham Airport and JFK.

David Winstanley, Chief Operating Officer for Birmingham Airport said: ‘We warmly welcome today’s new American Airlines daily service between Birmingham and New York JFK as it provides more choice for people wanting to access this vibrant US destination and has created almost 100,000 extra seats between the two cities.

‘American Airlines’ strong route network from JFK also broadens onward connectivity across the Americas and Canada, including nearly hourly connections to LA, San Francisco and Orlando, and international flights down to Buenos Aires, San Paulo and Rio, as well as up to Toronto and Montreal.

Through the American Airlines and British Airways partnership and oneworld airline alliance, the new service will offer a British Airways code share, allowing customers to earn and redeem BA air miles and Avios points. ‘This joint business and oneworld alliance with British Airways also means that we see the return of a British Airways code share to Birmingham, allowing customers to earn and redeem BA air miles and Avios points,’ Winstanley said.

The new direct service also comes as American tourists have spent around £40m in Birmingham last year, while the Midlands exported £4.8bn to North America, giving a trade surplus of £2.9bn – the largest for any UK region.

‘This service will not only help to build on the region’s success in attracting trading with America, but with so many wonderful places on our doorstep such as Stratford-up-Avon, Warwick and the Cotswolds, we’re confident that this new flight will draw in even more tourists and business to the region,’ Winstanley added.

The new flights are available via AA.com and BA.com, and through travel agents. The service will be operated by a Boeing 757 aircraft with 16 business and 160 economy seats.

New York top US destination in holidaymaker survey

New York has been named the best holiday destination in the United States in a survey carried out by travel information and review website, Tripadvisor.

In a survey of millions of the websites’ users, New York topped the popularity poll for the second consecutive year, beating Chicago into second place, with San Francisco coming third. The top five US destinations list was completed with Las Vegas and New Orleans in fourth and fifth places respectively. Meanwhile, holiday hotspot Orlando in Florida could only scrape into the top ten in last position, despite its Disney connection and its plethora of popular family theme parks. The other destinations making up positions five to nine were Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle and Washington DC.

With the survey being based on Tripadvisor’s quality and quantity of reviews for hotels, restaurants and attractions over a 12-month period, even New York did not fare well when compared with worldwide results, only managing twelfth place after being second overall in last year’s poll. Topping the international poll was Turkey’s capital, Istanbul, in its first appearance in the top ten. Rome was second, with last year’s number one, Paris, France, dropping to seventh this year. London retained the creditable third place that it achieved last year.

Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor, was reported in the Daily Mail, saying: ‘If you’re looking for trip inspiration, look no further than the Travellers’ Choice Destinations.

‘Our global travellers are the tastemakers for uncovering the best places to visit around the world.’

 

Norwegian to launch long haul services from London Gatwick to North America

European low cost carrier, Norwegian, has said that it will launch three new non-stop long haul services from London Gatwick to North America next summer, according to news a release by Gatwick authorities.

The routes include direct flights to New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL).

With the introductions, passengers using Gatwick will have a choice of a range of flights to US airports and, more importantly, competitively priced fares starting from GBP149 one way to New York, GBP179 to Fort Lauderdale and £199 to Los Angeles. On average, these fares will be up to 50 percent cheaper than fares from Heathrow.

Stewart Wingate, CEO of London Gatwick, said: ‘This is one of the most exciting route developments since Gatwick’s change of ownership four years ago and shows the benefits to passengers of Gatwick competing with Heathrow on routes, price and service. Norwegian’s decision to re-establish London Gatwick’s links to strategic destinations in North America gives passengers, once again, real choice about how to get there and, importantly, provide options for affordable travel to popular business and leisure destinations.

‘Norwegian’s decision to operate high quality services on new long range aircraft offering good-value fares to the US from London Gatwick is a significant industry game-changer. It points to a future in which more and more long haul routes will be served by Gatwick. This is an important industry development that I am sure the Airports Commission will want to look at closely when considering the future shape of aviation.’

Norwegian’s CEO, Bjorn Kjos, said: ‘There’s great demand for high quality flights at a low fare between the UK and the U.S., particularly to and from London Gatwick, where no other airline currently offers these routes. We are looking forward to welcoming many new customers on board our brand new aircraft. Launching intercontinental routes between London Gatwick and the United States is also an important part of our strategy to expand internationally and get a stronger foothold in markets outside Scandinavia.’

Norwegian moved from Stansted to Gatwick in 2009, and since then has increased its flights from the airport by more than a third. In spring 2013, it introduced a UK base at Gatwick and started 12 new direct European routes.

In addition to its new long haul routes, Norwegian will also be launching a number of new short haul routes from Gatwick in 2014, adding to its 25 destinations. New services will include Budapest, Santorini, Sicily, Cyprus and Corfu. From summer 2014, Norwegian will also increase the frequencies on nine of its current routes.

Jet2 to commence new transatlantic services from northern UK

Low cost airline Jet2.com is set to launch new transatlantic flights to New York and Boston, offering its services to holidaymakers in the north of England and Scotland.

The airline is set to run a series of direct flights and package holidays to the US in spring next year, flying from the Leeds Bradford and Newcastle airports to New York, and from Leeds Bradford and Glasgow to Boston. It will also provide a service from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle to Toronto, Canada.

While only six flights are scheduled presently, the airline said it would consider introducing the services on a permanent basis if the demand was high. The airline briefly ran a service to New York last November, but Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com, said that the latest move was a ‘milestone’.

The new flight schedule announced includes:

New York – three-night Easter breaks departing from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle airport on April 17.

Boston – four-night break from Glasgow for St Patrick’s Weekend, departing on March 14, and a three-night break from Leeds Bradford departing on April 3.

Toronto – three-night break departing on April 10 from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle.

No airlines currently fly direct from Glasgow, Leeds Bradford or Newcastle to North America. Presently travellers in Scotland and the north of England fly via London, paying Air Passenger Duty twice, or rely on limited services from Manchester.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of the airline, said: ‘We are thrilled to be the very first holiday company to give people direct access to these exciting transatlantic destinations from Leeds, Glasgow and Newcastle.’

‘The addition of these three routes reinforces our commitment to our regional customers,’ he added.

 

British tourists to be wooed by New York

British tourists are to be the prime target of a tourism promotion by the city of New York in the USA.

A major campaign, involving digital and social media advertising, is to be launched by a US consortium that includes NYC & Company, the city’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organisation, its sponsoring partner, American Express, and Brand USA, the body responsible for promoting travel to the United States. The promotion, which starts today and runs until June 2 this year is titled, New York Summer, and has a budget of USD1.1 million.

The main thrust of the promotion will be advertising on 500 bus shelters across London. The adverts will feature graphics of iconic New York imagery, including the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, as well as street scenes. Further promotion will be in the form of a blog hosted on social media platform, Tumbir and titled, The British Guide to NYC. It will feature a British author and include photos and posts that provide relevant information for British travellers to the city.

Chief executive of NYC & Company, George Fertitta, said ‘New York City welcomed a record 52 million visitors in 2012 and over a million of these came from the UK – more than any other overseas country. With the New York Summer campaign, we’re not only renewing our commitment to our most important overseas market, we’re also giving Brits a million more reasons why summer 2013 is the time to visit New York City.

‘From free outdoor events such as cinema screenings, concerts and theatre to the 14 miles of beaches, botanic gardens and parks across the five boroughs, summer is the perfect time to visit New York City.’