You might find your travel plans are simplified with these new flight routes.
With so many changes, it’s almost impossible to keep an eye on who’s flying where. As we come into the northern hemisphere summer season when so many people are on the move, we have put together a quick guide to some of the recent major new routes you might like to know about.
To and from New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific
These two countries Down Under are common destinations for those in the Northern Hemisphere - and it’s a reciprocal thing.
- In early May, Qatar Airways began a fourth route to Australia, flying from Doha to Adelaide as well as to Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to link the country with the Middle East. Earlier in the year they also began direct flights from Doha to Auckland.
- Fiji Airways began twice-weekly flights directly between Nadi and Singapore on the 5th of April, making it easier to access this beautiful island nation from the big travel hub.
- In late March, AirAsia X commenced services between Kuala Lumpur and Auckland via the Gold Coast.
- Air New Zealand began flying to Houston from Auckland late last year, a long 13-hour flight which has made travel between New Zealand and the US much more convenient.
In and out of Asia
The sheer abundance of airlines in Asia means that there are always new routes to and from this continent’s delightful cities. Here are a few of the big ones from the last few months.
- United Airlines began flying between San Francisco and Xi’an in China on the 8th of May, and celebrates 30 years of connection with China this year.
- Hainan Airlines became the first Chinese carrier with scheduled services to Israel after launching Beijing-Tel Aviv flights in late April.
- Air India introduced thrice-weekly flights between Delhi and Vienna, linking two lesser-known but growing tourist destinations. Austrian Airlines is also making Vienna better connected, with new flights to Shanghai.
- Finnair launched services between Helsinki and Guangzhou in early May.
- Wuxi in China is the latest destination for Tigerair Singapore, with flights from Singapore to the coastal city.
Between Europe and the Americas
Many, many flights cross the Atlantic or the Pacific each day to connect these two continents. These are a few of the major new developments in the airline world.
- Aeromexico is flying to Amsterdam as of the 29th of May, with thrice-weekly flights from Mexico City.
- Air Canada Rouge began flying from Toronto Pearson to Prague in late May, their first Eastern European destination. They also began flying to London Gatwick.
- Airberlin has kept up the Cuban connection with new flights to Havana from Dusseldorf, a route with no other direct competition.
- Delta’s service between New York JFK and Edinburgh recommenced recently, along with a new route between Raleigh-Durham and Paris.
- United Airlines added flights to both Barcelona and Lisbon from Washington Dulles in May.
- Icelandair now had five destinations in Canada, after a four times weekly service to Montreal began on the 19th of May.
- Turkish Airlines has added a daily flight from Istanbul to Atlanta, and services to Bogota and Panama City.
- Lufthansa added Denver-Munich flights on the 11th May.
- WestJet began its first European route on the 6th May, with flights between Vancouver and London Gatwick.
- After an eight-year hiatus, Aer Lingus recommenced flights between Dublin and Los Angeles. They will operate four times weekly.
- British Airways has launched, among others, flights to Lima and San Jose from London Gatwick and London Heathrow respectively.
- WOW air launched flights between Reykjavik and Montreal at the beginning of May, these offered four times weekly.
Of course, these are just the highlights and long haul routes which have opened up recently - there are plenty of regional airlines flying within Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America which constantly add to the network of flights connecting cities across the globe. Happy traveling, and don't forget to book your airport car rental to continue the journey.