United Airlines to start year-round Dublin-San Francisco service

United Airlines has announced that it will start operating a new, year-round, daily nonstop service between Dublin Airport and its hub at San Francisco from next summer.

The new daily service will depart Dublin at 11.50 arriving in San Francisco at 14.20. The return flight will depart San Francisco at 15.55 and arrive in Dublin Airport at 9.45 the following day. The airline will operate its new route with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, starting June 6, 2020.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said, ‘United is a valued customer serving Dublin Airport for more than two decades and we are particularly delighted to see it adding a fourth destination to its route network next summer.’

‘San Francisco is the global tech centre of the world and many of the companies based there have offices in Ireland. This new route will further grow tourism and trade between Ireland and the US and provide greater choice and flexibility for both business and leisure passengers. We will work closely with United’s management team to ensure this new service is a success in both directions.’

‘Dublin and Silicon Valley are two regions synonymous with big tech,’ said United’s Vice President of International Network Patrick Quayle. ‘Many global tech companies have a major footprint in both regions, and they need a carrier with an extensive worldwide network to help conveniently connect their business. As the only US airline to serve Ireland from the West Coast, United is uniquely suited to provide the connectivity these companies and economies need to continue thriving.’

From Dublin, United Airlines also operates services to Chicago, Newark, and Washington D.C. Currently, Dublin Airport has flights to 190 destinations in 42 countries operated by 50 airlines.

Virgin Atlantic announces new summer programme from London Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic has announced a new flying programme for summer 2020 including a new second daily service to Delhi, a new weekly flight to San Francisco and the next routes to debut its brand new A350 aircraft.

The new service to Delhi will commence on March 29, 2020 and went on sale on Saturday 23, November. The flight will depart Heathrow in the morning, complementing the airline’s current evening departure. Together with Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic will offer onward connections between Delhi and New York JFK, Boston, Detroit and Atlanta via Heathrow.

The airline will also be re-timing its Mumbai flight to an evening departure from Heathrow, to suit business customers. With the additional daily flight to Delhi and the newly launched Mumbai service, Virgin Atlantic will offer more choice and flexibility for customers travelling to India.

Virgin Atlantic will also be adding a new weekly service to San Francisco, departing on a Friday. The airline will fly twice daily between Heathrow and the Golden Gate City, offering more options for both business and leisure travellers looking to enjoy an extended weekend to the West Coast. The airline will fly its brand new A350 on this route from May 2020 and, coupled with the new weekly flight, will boost capacity by 40,000 seats for the summer season.

By August, Virgin Atlantic’s A350 aircraft will fly to five destinations across its network and all its flights to Africa will be on the new aircraft. The next routes to debut the A350 aircraft from Summer 2020 include a new daily Johannesburg service from March 2020, a daily service to Los Angeles from April 2020, a daily service to San Francisco from May 2020, and a daily service to Lagos from August 2020

Juha Jarvinen, EVP Commercial at Virgin Atlantic, said: ‘As we work to achieve our ambition to become the most loved travel company, we’re pleased to announce extra flights to some of our most popular destinations. Next year will mark twenty years since Virgin Atlantic started flying to Delhi, and the service continues to grow in popularity for both business and leisure travel. The second daily service from Heathrow is an excellent opportunity to meet customer demand on this route and, coupled with our new service to Mumbai, we’re able to offer even more choice and unrivalled Virgin Atlantic service to customers travelling between the UK and India.

‘We’re delighted to announce our flying programme for our brand new A350 aircraft, starting from next summer. We’re confident our customers will love to fly on this new aircraft and will enjoy the onboard experience of our newly redesigned cabins.’

Virgin Atlantic announces new route from London to Mumbai

Virgin Atlantic has announced the launch of its new route from London Heathrow to Mumbai.

The new daily service linking the two cities will operate onboard the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with complimentary food and drink and over 300 hours of entertainment. Customers can also stay connected throughout their flight as all of the airline’s Dreamliners are fully Wi-Fi enabled.

Travellers will also be able to make connections between India and the US via London Heathrow. Together with partner Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic offers customers a choice of U.S. destinations. Co-located at Terminal Three, both airlines offer over 28 daily flights between London and the USA.

Juha Jarvinen, executive vice president of commercial at Virgin Atlantic, said: ‘2019 marks a significant period of growth for Virgin Atlantic and I’m delighted that we’re expanding our route network by returning to Mumbai.

‘Along with our long-standing route to Delhi, we are now able to provide travellers with an increased offering to the thriving Indian market and an opportunity to experience our award winning service between the UK and India. Together with our partners at Delta, we offer an excellent choice of connections to the USA via Heathrow Airport.’

Dave Hodges, commercial manager for India at Virgin Atlantic said: ‘We are really excited to now have a daily flight serving Mumbai-London. Amidst the festive season in India, it is a special time to start the flight and we are confident that Mumbai is going to love the best of Bollywood entertainment and the best Indian food onboard our state of the art 787-9 Dreamliner.’

Virgin Atlantic is expanding its offering and Mumbai is the third new route announcement this year – following on from Tel Aviv and Sao Paulo. The new routes are available to book at https://www.virginatlantic.com/ .

Norwegian expands capacity on key UK – US routes for summer 2020

Norwegian has announced frequency increases between London Gatwick and key US destinations such as San Francisco, Austin, Denver and Tampa.

The capacity increases will be effective from March 29, 2020 and run throughout the summer 2020 schedule. Fares from Gatwick to the US for summer 2020 are available from £155 one way and are available to book now on www.norwegian.com.

The airline has increased the frequency of services on routes including: London Gatwick to San Francisco from five services weekly to daily service; while London Gatwick to Austin and London Gatwick to Denver services increased to four weekly services from thrice weekly currently; and London Gatwick to Tampa increased to a thrice weekly service from twice weekly currently.

With the expansion, the airline now offers travellers flying across the Atlantic more choice when choosing their departure dates by offering over 75,000 extra seats on these specific routes during the summer 2020 schedule.

Matthew Wood, SVP Commercial at Norwegian said: ‘In line with our business strategy of moving from growth to profitability we are ensuring that we concentrate on key routes across our network where we see strong demand. These frequency adjustments ensure that our customers can have more choice when choosing their flights to the US at fares that remain affordable to all.’

Voted Skytrax Best Low-Cost Long-Haul airline, Norwegian operates flights from London Gatwick to global destinations in Europe, the USA, Argentina and Brazil. As part of its long haul network adjustments, as of March 29, 2020 Norwegian will reduce frequency on certain routes – Gatwick to Buenos Aires will become a five weekly service, Gatwick to Miami a six weekly service, Gatwick to Orlando a five weekly service and Gatwick to Rio De Janeiro a three weekly service, the airline said.

Norwegian carries almost six million UK passengers each year from London Gatwick, Edinburgh and Manchester Airports to 30 destinations worldwide. Norwegian is the only airline to offer free inflight WiFi on UK flights to more than 30 European destinations and 14 long-haul destinations. The airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world with an average age of 3.8 years, including next-generation Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 737 MAX and Boeing 737-800s.

Virgin Atlantic and Delta increases services between U.K. and United States

Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines have announced plans to increase flights between the U.K and U.S. from next summer, as Delta joins Virgin Atlantic at Gatwick Airport for the first time.

With the agreement, passenger capacity across the Atlantic has increased by nearly 10,000 seats per week over the last year, offering customers more choice and flexibility.

When flights begin on May 22, 2020, Gatwick will become Delta’s seventh trans-Atlantic destination served nonstop from Boston. A day before, Virgin Atlantic will launch a daily flight to New York-JFK from Gatwick. Together the airlines will offer up to four daily flights to three U.S. cities next summer.

‘We’re excited to return to London Gatwick, which is where we launched our first U.K. destination over 40 years ago as well as Manchester, and continue to grow our international network from Boston,’ said Roberto Ioriatti, Delta’s vice president Transatlantic. ‘Together with Virgin Atlantic, we are strengthening our presence in the northeast U.S. and in London, offering customers a greater choice of destinations combined with the excellent service they can expect from our airlines.’

Beginning March 29, 2020, Delta and Virgin Atlantic will increase capacity between New York-JFK and London Heathrow by 15 percent. Delta will increase its services to three daily services, with Virgin Atlantic operating five. This includes a daytime slot from JFK-Heathrow for the first time, operated by Delta, adding to the daytime Boston-Heathrow and JFK-Heathrow service currently offered by Virgin Atlantic. Virgin Atlantic’s Heathrow – JFK flights will be the first route to operate the new A350 from September 2019.

Virgin Atlantic is also set to increase flights to important west coast hubs, as it increases services from Heathrow to Seattle from seven to 11 per week, while Los Angeles will also see services rise from 14 to 17 flights per week, with up to three services per day operating in the summer months.

Juha Jarvinen, EVP Commercial at Virgin Atlantic, commented: ‘Our announcement today marks another phase of growth, both for our transatlantic network and for our partnership with Delta.

Our increased services to Los Angeles and Seattle further cement our commitment to our west coast flights, which follow the introduction of our exceptionally popular Manchester – Los Angeles route that launched earlier this year.’

Further, Delta will return to Manchester, with a new peak-summer service to Boston effective May 21, 2020 replacing Virgin Atlantic’s current operation. Flights will increase from the current three per week to a daily service, offering an extra 45 percent capacity versus last year.

Manchester will be the eighth Transatlantic destination served nonstop by Delta from Boston, while flights to Atlanta, New York-JFK, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Orlando will continue to be operated by Virgin Atlantic. Together the airlines will offer a schedule of up to six daily flights to Manchester from six U.S. cities next summer.

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.

Aer Lingus launches direct Dublin-Minneapolis route

Dublin Airport has announced the introduction of a new direct service to Minneapolis-St. Paul in Minnesota.

The new Dublin-Minneapolis route will be operated by Aer Lingus using a Boeing 757 aircraft. The new route will initially operate six times weekly, increasing to a daily, year-round service from this August.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said, ‘This is Aer Lingus’ 14th transatlantic route from Dublin Airport and its 11th new transatlantic route in the past five years.

‘We have been working closely with Aer Lingus since 2014 to grow its North American business and build a substantial transfer business. The new route offers customers significant onward connections in both directions.’

Aer Lingus’ Chief Executive Stephen Doyle, added: ‘We are delighted to commence Ireland’s first and only direct service to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota State. The Minneapolis-St. Paul region holds great promise for Aer Lingus particularly in terms of the connections we can offer to UK and European guests as well as those travelling from North America and onwards to Europe.’

Passengers travelling to Minneapolis-St. Paul on the Aer Lingus’ service can make use of the US Pre Clearance facilities at Dublin Airport, as they will be able to arrive in the US by completing all the necessary immigration and customs checks prior to departure.

This new route means that Dublin Airport now has nine airlines flying 464 flights per week to and from 18 destinations in the US and six destinations in Canada, which equates to an average of 66 flights daily to and from North America.

Dublin Airport has flights to nearly 200 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 53 airlines. So far this year, more than 12.3 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport, a seven percent increase compared to the first five months of last year. An additional 764,000 passengers travelled through Dublin Airport between January and May.

Norwegian announces million seats in summer 2020 schedule from London to USA

Norwegian has announced the release of more than one million seats to the USA, in launching its summer 2020 flight schedule.

Consumers planning next year’s summer holidays can now book nonstop flights from London Gatwick to nine US cities including Boston, New York, Orlando, Tampa, Denver, Miami, Austin, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Tickets, with fares starting from £157 one way, are available to book at www.norwegian.com/uk.

Matthew Wood, SVP Long-Haul Commercial at Norwegian said: ‘Brits love a bargain which is why we are giving consumers plenty of time to start planning next year’s summer holidays with early access to our lowest fares to the USA.

‘We will be releasing more flights in phases that make up the rest of our summer 2020 flight schedule but until then, we recommend that consumers book early to secure the best fares and their preferred seats on board our modern environmentally-friendly aircraft to the USA’s top cities.’

Norwegian is a low-cost European transatlantic carrier. The flights are operated using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with free Wi-Fi.

Norwegian added that it will release the remainder of its summer 2020 programme in phases over the coming weeks. The airline currently operates more flights to the USA than any other carrier from London Gatwick and is the only carrier serving Brazil and Argentina nonstop from the airport.

Norwegian also announced the launch of a new ‘gate-to-gate’ Wi-Fi which gives passengers access to the airline’s Wi-Fi network as soon as they step on board the aircraft. Customers travelling on any route across Norwegian’s global network will now be able to stay connected for the entire duration of the flight.

TUI UK launches Dreamliner flight service from Doncaster Sheffield to Florida

TUI UK, the UK-based holiday operator, has launched its new TUI Airways Dreamliner flight from Doncaster Sheffield airport to Orlando Sanford in Florida.

The new weekly flight to Sanford, Florida will be operated on Boeing 787.

In addition, TUI also announced a new summer 2020 route to Cancun from Doncaster Sheffield Airport, as well as a further new route to Girona, Spain.

Dawn Wilson, Managing Director of TUI Airways said: ‘We are so excited to be launching flights from Doncaster Sheffield to Florida today as we know how popular Florida is for UK holidaymakers and the importance of flying from a local airport. We’re always looking at ways to provide a seamless, end-to-end experience for our customers, which is why we continue to introduce more and more fantastic destinations from regional airports.

‘We are also delighted to be announcing a brand-new summer 2020 route from Doncaster Sheffield to Girona, a popular Spanish destination which will operate alongside another long-haul favourite Cancun, Mexico. We are confident customers will benefit from our continued growth at Doncaster Sheffield airport.’

Chris Harcombe, Aviation Development Director at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘This is a momentous day for us here at DSA. The team has been excited about this maiden long-haul flight since it was first announced in 2018, increasing TUI seats from DSA by 25% from this April. This and the new route to Girona illustrates huge confidence in DSA and our established reputation for an easy, friendly, relaxed service for our customers. We’re proud to be the home of long-haul flights for the region and look forward to our Cancun service starting next year.’

TUI Airways has three aircraft based at Doncaster Sheffield, and will be flying to 27 destinations this summer.

Delta, Virgin Atlantic to launch London-Gatwick route from Boston and New York-JFK in 2020

Delta Airlines has announced the launch of two new international routes – nonstop services from Boston’s Logan International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to London’s Gatwick Airport.

The new service will begin next summer in partnership with Virgin Atlantic. Full Gatwick schedule details will be announced later this year, the airline said.

In New York, the additional flight adds to Delta and Virgin’s combined eight daily flights to London-Heathrow – and three additional daily flights to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester – from Delta’s JFK hub.

‘Delta once again shows that we are able to connect Boston and New York to the world through an unmatched global network paired with our award-winning service, industry-leading reliability, and an enhanced customer experience both in the air and on the ground, said Roberto Ioriatti, Delta’s Vice President – Trans-Atlantic. ‘These new services will offer even more ways for our customers on both sides of the Atlantic to experience the products and services that set Delta and its partners apart while traveling to the destinations they value most.’

‘Virgin Atlantic is pleased to announce that we’re expanding at London Gatwick, with the addition of new routes to New York-JFK and Boston operated in partnership with Delta,’ said Juha Jarvinen, Executive Vice President – Commercial for Virgin Atlantic. ‘Together we offer customers an unrivalled choice of U.S. destinations and the leading transatlantic service as well as one of our newest and most luxurious Clubhouses, located in Gatwick’s north terminal. The new routes to New York and Boston will go on sale later this year and will complement the wide range of Caribbean and Florida flights already offered at London-Gatwick.’

Delta has also recently announced plans to enhance its aircraft on all flights between London-Heathrow and both Boston and JFK. Delta flights between Boston and London-Heathrow will now operate on an Airbus A330-200, which already serves Delta’s JFK-Heathrow flights and features additional premium seats.