A number of domestic and international airlines have announced new routes and increased service — and we’re pretty excited about some of the destinations.
If new airline routes don’t seem exciting, consider that they’re often the first step to making routes more affordable. For example, when a handful of airlines recently increased service to Hawaii, prices to the islands plummeted.)
These new flights could also make it easier to travel to and from your home city, and reach a destination you’ve always dreamed of visiting. From budget routes to Europe or nonstop increased service on your favorite airline, here are some of the routes you'll want to know about.
Even More Cheap Flights to Europe
Norwegian Air, known for instigating the race to the (fare) bottom with $69 flights to Europe, added two new routes between Florida and Europe this August. All year, Fort Lauderdale-based travelers can look forward to inexpensive flights to Barcelona, while travelers departing from Orlando can enjoy the budget airline’s once weekly flights to Paris.
In July, the Nordic budget airline, Primera Air, quietly announced its expansion into the United States, with direct flights to Europe from East Coast Cities. Starting in April 2018, travelers can expect flights from the New York City area and Boston to the U.K. and Paris. Primera’s new flights are being sold at an introductory price of $99 one-way, which is reason enough to start planning a spring trip to Europe.
Nonstop Flights to Africa from New York City
Delta Air Lines is increasing connectivity between the United States and Africa by launching nonstop service from New York City to Lagos, Nigeria, in late March, according to The Points Guy. These flights, which depart from John F. Kennedy International Airport, will operate once a day, every day, except for Saturday.
Increased Bay Area Service
As The Points Guy noted, Alaska has been steadily increasing service since it acquired Virgin America. Four of its 13 new cities launched in August (between San Jose, California and Tucson, Arizona; between San Francisco and Philadelphia), with many more to follow. We’re most excited about daily flights from San Francisco to Kona, Hawaii, launching in December, and to New Orleans, launching in late September.
Alaska Airlines also introduced flights to Mexico City from San Francisco and Los Angeles in August, with flights from San Diego being added in November.
Direct Flights to Colombia
In June, Avianca directly connected Boston and Bogotá for the first time. Four times a week, travelers can catch direct flights from the New England capital to the airline's hub in Colombia. We don't think it's a coincidence that there are ultra-cheap flights to Colombia on sale now (like $366 round-trip from Boston to Bogotá).
Nonstop Flights to Hong Kong
Hong Kong Airlines announced plans last week to launch nonstop flights to San Francisco and New York City in 2018. The expansion is tied to the arrival of the carrier's first Airbus A350 aircraft and new VIP Club Autus at Hong Kong International Airport. Earlier in the summer, the airline launched non-stop service between Hong Kong and Los Angeles, with economy class tickets on sale starting at $790.
Direct Flights From the East Coast to Australia
Qantas recently announced an ambitious plan to introduce nonstop flights to Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane from New York City (as well as Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and London). The flights, which have a targeted launch date of 2022, are entirely dependent on the willingness of Airbus or Boeing to manufacture a long-range jet capable of flying without refueling for 18 to 20 hours.
7 New WOW Air Routes
Beginning in May, the low-cost Icelandic carrier unveiled five new routes from cities across the United States to Europe and the Middle East via Iceland. Trips between Los Angeles and San Francisco to Tel Aviv begin in September, while flights from Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, St. Louis, and Dallas to Europe will begin between late April and mid-May. In typical WOW Air fashion, all of these routes were introduced a incredibly low price points (many of which started at $99 one-way), and offer free stopovers in Iceland.
Tennessee Is Getting a Nonstop Flight to Europe
British Airways will begin nonstop flights between Nashville and London in May 2018. The flights, which will operate five days of the week, will be the first nonstop flight to Europe from Tennessee.