Norse Atlantic Airways commences new flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco

Norse Atlantic Airways, the low-cost long-haul airline, has announced the launch of its inaugural flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco to London on June 30 and July 1, respectively.

‘Los Angeles and San Francisco are now the fifth and sixth destinations connecting the US to London. With the addition of these two destinations Norse Atlantic is now the largest long-haul operator from the US to London Gatwick. We are proud to offer an affordable and convenient way for our customers to explore London,’ said Bjorn Tore Larsen, CEO Norse Atlantic Airways.

The flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to London Gatwick Airport (LGW) will operate daily, departing at 4:25 p.m. PDT and arriving the next day at 11:00 a.m. local time. Return flights from London Gatwick depart at 10:35 a.m. local time, reaching Los Angeles at 2:10 p.m. PDT on the same day. Economy fares start from $209 one-way, inclusive of all taxes and fees.

For the San Francisco to London route, flights operate three times a week, departing from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) at 3:25 p.m. PDT and arriving at London Gatwick at 9:50 a.m. local time the following day. Return flights from London Gatwick depart at 10:10 a.m. local time and reach San Francisco at 1:25 p.m. PDT on the same day. Economy fares start from $229 one-way, including all taxes and fees.

Norse Atlantic Airways exclusively operates modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, featuring entertainment systems for every seat, and two cabin options: Economy and Norse Premium. The airline also offers a range of fare options, including Light, Classic, and Flextra, allowing passengers to tailor their travel.

With the addition of Los Angeles and San Francisco, Norse Atlantic Airways now operates flights from six US destinations to its London base, making it the largest long-haul operator between London Gatwick and the United States.

Norse Atlantic to commence new Miami-London service in September

Norse Atlantic Airways has announced the launch of its first-ever service between London Gatwick Airport and Miami.

Starting on September 18, the new service will be operated four times a week on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Tickets for the new Miami-Gatwick service are available to book now.

‘We are pleased to be able to now offer the popular destination of Miami as part of our winter route network. Miami has high levels of passenger demand with both direct and connecting traffic volumes greater than other airports in the region. We look forward to being able to offer our cargo customers increased choice and flexibility as we begin operations from our new South Florida base in September,’ said Bjorn Tore Larsen, CEO, Norse Atlantic Airways.

Norse Atlantic offers two cabin choices – Economy and Premium – and three fare options: Light, Classic, and Flextra. Light fares represent Norse’s value option while Flextra fares include the maximum baggage allowance, two meal services, an enhanced airport and onboard experience, and increased ticket flexibility.

Norse Atlantic exclusively operates Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with each seat having a personal entertainment experience. Premium cabin seats offer a 43-inch seat pitch and 12-inch recline.

‘We are thrilled that Norse Atlantic has chosen MIA for all of its South Florida flights. We look forward to welcoming their London Gatwick service to Miami-Dade County, and to becoming their seventh destination in the U.S.’, commented Ralph Cutie, MIA Director and CEO.

Beginning September 18, Norse Atlantic will consolidate its services in South Florida and only operate flights to Miami International Airport. Customers traveling on its Fort Lauderdale route after September 17 will be rebooked to its new Miami service or be offered a full refund.

Gatwick Airport announces four new Norse Atlantic long-haul routes to USA

London Gatwick has announced four new transatlantic routes from Norse Atlantic this summer – alongside two announced last week.

London Gatwick passengers will be able to fly to seven destinations with Norse starting September. Alongside its existing New York route, the airline is adding services to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC and Boston – as well as Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, announced last week.

Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome six new Norse Atlantic routes this summer, giving passengers a fantastic choice of US destinations at excellent value, whether for holidays, business or visiting family and friends.

‘The new services mean Gatwick and Norse will provide an increasingly competitive offering, which is great news for passengers across London and the South East, as well as businesses in the region.’

With the new flights, passengers will benefit from stateside destinations on Norse’s network, including:

* Daily flights to New York, currently operating

* Four flights a week to Orlando, from May 25 (increasing to daily in peak summer)

* Three flights a week to Fort Lauderdale, from May 26

* Six flights a week to Washington DC, from June 1

* Daily flights to Los Angeles, from June 30

* Three flights a week to San Francisco, from July 1

* Five flights a week to Boston, from September 2

Bjorn Tore Larsen, CEO, Norse Atlantic Airways said: ‘This marks an important moment for consumers as we celebrate serving more destinations to the US from London Gatwick this summer than any other airline. The addition of direct flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington and Boston to our already popular New York, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale/Miami services will provide greater choice and value for consumers.

‘We have made a significant investment in our UK airline, based at London Gatwick Airport, and now employ over 370 colleagues at our London base. I am very pleased that we are fulfilling our pledge to allow more people to travel further and stimulate demand while creating competition in the transatlantic market that will ultimately benefit consumers and lead to job creation on both sides of the Atlantic.’

Tickets to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, both in Florida, went on sale earlier this month, while the four additional new routes are on sale now via the Norse Atlantic website. With the expansion, Gatwick will offer passengers 90 flights per week to 10 destinations across both east and west coasts of the USA this summer.

Aer Lingus Regional to operate Cornwall-Belfast flights from Summer 2023

Cornwall Airport Newquay has said that Aer Lingus Regional, will commence a new link to Belfast City from Summer 2023.

With a four-times weekly service, the Irish carrier will start operations from April 3, 2023, adding nearly 14,000 seats during the peak season.

Improving the Cornish airport’s connectivity, Aer Lingus Regional has also confirmed an increased frequency of its Dublin service from its existing four-times weekly to daily service starting next summer, expanding connections to the carrier’s transatlantic flights from Dublin.

Commenting on the announcement, Amy Smith, Head of Commercial, Cornwall Airport Newquay said: ‘It’s fantastic that Aer Lingus Regional sees the potential of not only increasing the frequency of our Dublin connection, but also adding a new destination to Belfast for our passengers. We expect fantastic results from both routes next year due to the enhancement of destination options available to those wishing to fly from Cornwall.’

‘The new routes also increase opportunity for overseas markets to reach us with ease, helping us support Cornish tourism,’ Smith added.

Ciaran Smith, Head of Commercial at Emerald Airlines said: ‘We are delighted to be bolstering our services to and from Newquay. We have been very pleased with the feedback we’ve received since commencing our Dublin-Newquay service, and believe Belfast-Newquay is a great new connection for both business and leisure travellers.’

Further, passengers will be able to fly from Cornwall to North America, via Dublin, with smooth connections possible to Aer Lingus’ network of 16 direct routes, including major destinations such as New York, Boston, Chicago, and Toronto. Also, passengers will be able to complete US Immigration pre-clearance in Dublin before boarding connecting flights, saving time and clearance on arrival.

Aer Lingus resumes service from Dublin to Miami

Aer Lingus has resumed its service between Dublin and Miami.

The service will initially operate twice weekly, from October 31, and will increase to thrice weekly subsequently. Dublin is Miami International Airport’s (MIA) only pre-clearance transatlantic destination, allowing Aer Lingus passengers to receive US Customs and Border Protection clearance before they leave Ireland and arrive in Miami as domestic passengers. Dublin is now MIA’s 16th nonstop European route.

‘Congratulations to Aer Lingus on their return to Miami-Dade County after two-and-a-half years,’ said Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County Mayor. ‘I am so pleased to have the only nonstop service between South Florida and Ireland back at MIA and to see our two regions reconnected before the winter travel season begins.’

Known for its beautiful beaches, colourful architecture, Cuban-inspired cuisine and culture, Miami is an ideal winter destination with ample sunshine. Aer Lingus is operating the Dublin-Miami service with A330-300 aircraft.

‘Miami is an ideal destination for every type of traveller whether it be the cruising fanatics, sun seekers, party goers or the keen shoppers, there are endless possibilities,’ said Susanne Carberry, Chief Customer Officer, Aer Lingus. ‘As the only carrier to operate direct flights between Ireland and Miami, recommencing the service is a key milestone for Aer Lingus. Not only can the people of Miami rediscover everything that Ireland and beyond has to offer, with seamless connections to Miami from the UK and Europe Aer Lingus caters to a much broader market.’

‘We proudly welcome Aer Lingus and its award-winning service back to MIA,’ said Ralph Cutie, MIA Director and CEO. ‘We are thrilled to once again provide our travellers with nonstop flights to Ireland and to be one of only 16 cities in North America served by Aer Lingus.’

The resumption of the Aer Lingus Dublin-Miami service comes after the recent announcement of Cleveland, Ohio and the return of Hartford, Connecticut, both of which will operate as part of the airline’s summer 2023 programme. The airline currently operates 16 direct routes from Ireland to North America and a further three transatlantic routes direct from Manchester to North America and the Caribbean.

London Gatwick announces expanded services to US for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays

Gatwick Airport has announced an expanded services of 51 flights per week to popular destinations in the US including New York, Orlando, Boston and Tampa. The improved transatlantic schedule comes in time for the peak booking period ahead of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.

With the new schedule, London Gatwick passengers will have increased choice to enjoy New York’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, sample the Black Friday sales, the city’s multitude of Christmas markets, the Rockefeller Centre ice rink or plan a festive trip to Disney World in Orlando.

JetBlue’s second daily New York flight, which will commence on October 31, complements its daily Boston service, while British Airways and Norse Atlantic also fly daily to New York City. Passengers can also fly with British Airways to destinations including Orlando (11 times per week) and Tampa (five times per week).

In addition, Gatwick announced last month that Delta Air Lines would be returning to the airport from next April, with daily flights to New York JFK.

Stephanie Wear, VP of Aviation Development, Gatwick Airport said: ‘We are delighted to be building back our popular connections to North America post the pandemic. It’s exciting to be able to offer passengers more choice once again, when travelling between Gatwick and the USA.

‘We are already seeing huge demand for JetBlue’s Boston route which launched in August, while four daily options to New York speaks for itself. Both Orlando and Tampa are fantastic options for families, especially with Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebrations ongoing, and we hope to be welcoming more flights to US destinations very soon.

Sky Crockford, Visit USA, said: ‘We are thrilled to see travel between the UK and USA bouncing back post covid. The USA has always been hugely popular with holiday makers and families from the UK. There is so much on offer to see and do for every type of vacationer.’

According to data from Visit the USA, more than 4.8 million visits were made by Brits to the USA in 2019, with 5 million forecast for 2024. Meanwhile, data from Visit Britain shows 4.5 million Americans visited the UK in 2019, with a total estimated expenditure of £4.18bn.

JetBlue expands transatlantic service with Gatwick to Boston flight

JetBlue has announced the launch of its new service between London Gatwick and Boston’s Logan International Airport.

To celebrate the launch, for a limited time, US- originating travellers can benefit from special roundtrip fares from Boston to Gatwick starting at $539 in core and $2,199 for JetBlue’s premium Mint experience. U.K.-originating travellers can fly to Boston for GBP369 in core and GBP1899 in Mint- available online only t www.jetblue.com.

JetBlue flights between the US and London are scheduled to operate using the Airbus A321LR aircraft with 24 Mint suites, 114 core seats and its Airspace cabin interior.

‘Our London service from New York has been an incredible success and we are thrilled to finally bring this highly anticipated service to our Boston customers, a route that has long suffered from high fares by legacy carriers,’ said Robin Hayes, chief executive officer, JetBlue. ‘As Boston’s largest carrier, adding this nonstop service to Gatwick will only make us more relevant in our New England focus city and introduce JetBlue to a largely unserved market.’

‘We are excited to welcome JetBlue’s first transatlantic service from Boston to London Gatwick,’ said Massport CEO, Lisa Wieland. ‘We thank JetBlue for their continued partnership, and we look forward to the additional travel opportunities this will generate for our passengers.’

‘We are delighted to welcome the launch of JetBlue’s new service between Boston and London. Demand for travel to the UK has returned to pre-pandemic levels, and the additional connectivity from Boston, a vital US market, will make it even easier for Americans looking to book their next trip over. As we head into the beautiful Autumn season, whether visitors are returning or discovering the UK for the first time, now is the perfect time to explore another side of Britain, filled with buzzing cities, exciting outdoor adventures, and iconic landmarks with a modern twist,’ said Paul Gauger, VisitBritain’s Senior Vice President for the Americas.

JetBlue’s daily nonstop service is part of the airline’s long-term transatlantic growth plans. Last year, JetBlue launched its first-ever transatlantic service from New York-JFK to both Heathrow and Gatwick, London’s largest and busiest airports. The airline plans to grow its transatlantic presence this year with a new service from Boston Logan to London’s Heathrow Airport, launching September 20, 2022, and an additional Gatwick departure from New York starting October 29, 2022.

Between JetBlue’s New York and Boston focus cities, the airline will offer five daily flights between the U.S. and the U.K. by October.

Virgin Atlantic announces new daily service to Tampa, Florida

Virgin Atlantic has announced its transatlantic expansion with a new direct route from London Heathrow to Tampa, launching on November 3, 2022.

The new year-round Florida service will initially fly four times a week before increasing to daily from November 28. This latest addition follows the airline’s launch of direct flights between London and Austin, Texas in May 2022.

Tampa is known for its rich history and culture as well as being the home of the Superbowl winners, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and ice hockey legends, Tampa Bay Lightning. With year-round beautiful weather and stunning Gulf Coast beaches, Tampa is a perfect gateway to Florida’s top attractions with the popular theme parks of Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and Busch Gardens all within easy reach.

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented: ‘We are delighted to continue our expansion in the US with this new daily service to Tampa, Florida offering even more choice for customers on both sides of the Atlantic to connect between the US and the UK.

‘Florida is very much a firm favourite for our customers ever since our first flight to Miami back in 1986. With the popular theme parks and the stunning beaches of St Pete and Clearwater within easy reach, we know it’s an area our customers will love to explore.’

‘The region has a booming economy with high profile businesses moving to the area and many budding entrepreneurs registering start-ups in the city. We very much look forward to forging new relationships within the Tampa Bay community and cannot wait to welcome customers, both existing and new onboard, flying them safely to explore this exciting region.’

Joe Lopano, Chief Executive Officer at Tampa International Airport commented: ‘We at Tampa International Airport are thrilled to offer our first-ever nonstop route to Heathrow and launch this new partnership with Virgin Atlantic. Not only does this create another Tampa-London option for our leisure travellers, but there’s a huge upside for our thriving business community to now have a direct connection to the world’s premier business airport. We expect this to be a popular route during what we know will be a very busy winter travel season at TPA.’

Offering more than 190,000 seats each year, Virgin Atlantic will be the only airline to directly connect the Tampa Bay region with London’s hub airport, London Heathrow.

Flights are on sale from Wednesday July 13th at www.virginatlantic.com with return Economy fares starting from £436 per person, Premium from £937 per person and Upper Class from £2,256 per person.

British Airways to fly to 26 US cities direct from London this summer

British Airways has said that it is expanding its US route network this summer, taking its direct US routes with London to 26.

Portland, Oregon becomes the newest destination on the British Airways route map, providing the city’s only direct route to the UK. The brand-new route will operate five times per week – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Further, British Airways is also relaunching its direct route from Pittsburgh to London, becoming the only airline to offer a direct flight from the Pennsylvanian city to London. The airline will resume a year-round four-per-week service – Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Networks and Alliances, said: ‘This summer British Airways will be flying from 26 US cities to London and we’re very excited to be adding Portland to our list of transatlantic destinations. Not only are we the only airline to offer direct flights from Portland to London, but this new route also opens a wide variety of connections for our customers. Through Alaska Airlines, our oneworld partner, British Airways will offer codeshare connections to several destinations operated by Alaska Airlines from Portland.’

On June 6, the airline will launch a new, daytime flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to London Heathrow – its third daily flight from Newark to London to further support business travel. The daytime flight will depart at 7.55am from Newark – a convenient option for travellers looking to spend an extra night in the New York area before departing, or for those who wish to arrive just in time for an evening in London. With this additional flight time, British Airways along with its joint business partner, American Airlines will offer the most extensive network from the New York area to London with 15 daily departures this summer, including 11 daily flights from JFK to Heathrow and one daily flight from JFK to Gatwick.

The Portland route will be operated by one of British Airways’ newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, with return fares from $669 in World Traveller (economy) and $3,965 in Club World (business). Pittsburgh will be operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Return fares start from $740 in World Traveller (economy) and $3,565 in Club World (business).

This summer also marks the return of daily direct flights from San Jose, California, to London on June 13; and the return of A380 aircraft to more North American airports.

JetBlue announces new flights between Boston and London

JetBlue has recently announced the introduction of new flights between the airline’s Boston focus city and London starting this summer.

The airline’s new nonstop service between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and London Gatwick Airport (LGW) will take off from the U.S. on July 19, 2022, followed by a nonstop service between Boston and London Heathrow Airport (LHR) on August 22, 2022. With service to Heathrow and Gatwick, JetBlue becomes the only airline to fly between New England and London’s two largest and busiest airports.

‘Our strategy of flying to both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports has been a success for us in New York, and we’ve secured slots to be able to do the same in Boston, becoming the only airline in New England offering flights to London’s two main airports,’ said Robin Hayes, chief executive officer, JetBlue. ‘Our London service has been an incredible success so far and we’ve been able to go in with our unbeatable JetBlue service and experience and bring down fares on a traditionally overpriced route – the JetBlue Effect in action. We’re ready to do the same at Logan as we advance our growth strategies in both Boston and London.’

Flights on both Gatwick and Heathrow routes will operate daily on JetBlue’s new Airbus A321 Long Range (LR) aircraft with 24 redesigned Mint suites, and 114 standard seating. Introductory roundtrip fares for U.S.-originating travellers flying to Gatwick start at $499 roundtrip or $1,949 for JetBlue’s premium Mint experience. Roundtrip fares to Heathrow start at $549 for standard and $1,999 for Mint. Seats on both new London routes are on sale now and U.S. point-of-sale fares are available online at jetblue.com. U.K.-originating travellers can also avail special introductory fares starting at £349 for core and £1,449 for Mint from Gatwick. Roundtrip fares from Heathrow start at £399 for core and £1,499 for Mint.

For exclusive savings and perks, customers can also bundle their flight and hotel with JetBlue Vacations.

‘JetBlue has been a great partner to Logan for many years and we are excited that they are launching two London – Boston services this summer,’ said Massport’s Director of Aviation Ed Freni. ‘These new flights give our passengers even more choice when they cross the Atlantic.’

JetBlue has also announced that it is extending its flying schedule between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and London Heathrow Airport, with seats available for booking now.