By Harriet Baskas
April 09, 2018
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If you’re anxious to visit Auckland, praying for a trip to Prague, curious about Iceland or just keen on getting to New York City in style, check out some of the new flights and routes from these four domestic and international airlines.

1. Chicago to Auckland nonstop

Starting November 30, 2018, Air New Zealand will debut nonstop, year-round service three times a week between Chicago O’Hare and Auckland, New Zealand.

The new flights will be on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and are scheduled to take 16 hours to fly southbound between Chicago and Auckland and “just” 15 hours on the return trip. Currently, flying between these two cities requires a connection that can stretch the journey to about 20 hours.

Ready to go? Air New Zealand is offering sale fares on flights between Chicago and Auckland (and many other cities) through April 10.

2. More Mint service from JetBlue

On April 15, JetBlue will begin flying a Mint-outfitted A321 aircraft between Seattle and JFK International Airport, with small gate-side kick-off parties in both Seattle and New York.

This new Mint flight brings to nine the number of cities on JetBlue’s Mint map.

The premium service, offered on select coast-to-coast flights and Caribbean routes, features fully life-flat seats, privacy panels, a multi-course menu of tapas-sized dishes (including artisanal ice-cream), amenity kits and expedited check-in, boarding and baggage service.

Looking ahead a bit, on May 3, JetBlue begins new service between Boston and Minneapolis-St. Paul; between New York JFK and Worcester, MA; and between Newark (EWR) and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

3. New Chicago/LGA shuttle and nonstops from Philadelphia to Budapest and Prague

On April 4, American Airlines inaugurated shuttle service between New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, with 15 flights scheduled each weekday. Passenger amenities include free snacks, beer and wine in the main cabin and complimentary snack basket, beer, wine and spirits in the First cabin, with free plated meals in First on some flights.

American begins seasonal summer service between Philadelphia and both Budapest and Prague on May 4, with the two Boeing 767-300 aircraft serving these flights leaving PHL with minutes of each other and from adjoining gates. VIPs from these three UNESCO World Heritage Cities will be on hand for a gate-side party with regional food and promo items for passengers.

4. Icelandair adding more routes

As part of its self-described “explosive” 2018 growth, in May, Icelandair will launch four new nonstop routes between the U.S. and Reykjavik, Iceland.

The airline, which offers travelers free stopovers in Iceland, will add four flights a week from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport beginning May 16, seasonal service from Kansas City International Airport three times a week starting May 26; and four flights each week from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport beginning on May 30.

And 10 years after canceling its flights from Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Icelandair returns to Charm City on May 28 with four weekly flights.