More Routes: American Adds New Route To Mexico, Delta Seasonal Flights Now Bookable, New Low-Cost Flights For Boston/NYC & More

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A round up of new routes, expanded routes, seasonal routes and route changes that have been announced over the past few days.

American’s New Route To Mexico

American Airlines has announced a new route between Dallas and Merida, Mexico which will start on 3 March 2016 (pending regulatory approval).

The route will be flown 5 times a week and will be served by one of American’s truly horrible (uncomfortable) Airbus A319 aircraft.

For anyone wondering where Merida is (I confess to never having heard off the place), here’s a map courtesy of Great Circle Mapper:

American Airlines New Route to Mexico

Bookings for the new route will be open from 4 October 2015 and the expected schedule is as follows:

American Airlines New Route to Mexico

Norwegian To Fly New Routes From Cork (Ireland)

Norwegian is an airline I keep wanting to try out but, one thing or another (usually scheduling), always sees me flying a different airline. Nevertheless, the carrier is rapidly making a name for itself by flying a low-cost service between Europe and the US, often at great prices, and has been expanding it’s services noticeably over the past few months.

In July the airline added Boston-Gatwick (London) to it’s line up and now it’s expanding it’s routes again.

Norwegian has announced plans to launch new low-cost routes, out of Ireland’s Cork airport, to the following destinations:

Boston – planned for May 2016 with 4-5 flights/week

New York – planned for 2017

Barcelona – planned for May 2016 with 4-5 flights/week

norwegian-737Image: Norwegian 737-800 courtesy of Norwegian

The plans are to serve the routes with Boeing 737-800 and the new-generation Boeing 737MAX aircraft that the airline has on order. As a sign of just how serious of a proposition this low-cost airline is, Norwegian is Boeing’s European launch airline for their 737MAX aircraft.

The US routes will be good news for travelers on both sides of the pond. For Americans it’s another low-cost entryway into Europe and, let’s face it, there’s no shortage of Bostonians or New Yorkers who want to visit Ireland!

For UK travelers this could be another way to keep costs low on trans-Atlantic travel. UK departure taxes make flights out of the UK some of the most expensive around…but a short hop over to Cork before catching a Norwegian flight to the US could be a violable money-saver.

With CityJet starting a London City to Cork Service next week the non-stop options between the UK and Cork have just got better:

Ryanair – Stanstead & Gatwick

CityJet – London City Airport

Aer Lingus – London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow.

Delta’s Seasonal Flights To Europe Now Bookable

Delta has announced that it’s 2016 season flights between the US and Europe are now available for sale. Details are as follows:

Delta US to Europe Seasonal Routes

Finnair Extends Miami route and Adds frequencies to Chicago For Summer 2016

Finnair, the OneWorld partner of American Airlines and British Airways, has said that it will be converting its winter service between Helsinki and Miami into a year-round service. Reservations for the new flights (commencing 27 March 2016) are now open.

The route will be flown 3 times (Monday, Thursday, Sunday) a week and will continue to be serviced by Finnair’s A330-300 aircraft. The flight times are as follows:

AY007 HEL 17:00 – 20:50 MIA
AY008 MIA 22:40 – 15:40+1 HEL

Finnair A330 Business ClassFinnair’s new A330 Business Class Seat – Image Finnair

As well as extending its service to Miami, Finnair has announced that it will be increasing its service between Helsinki and Chicago from 3/week (summer 2015) to 5/week (summer 2016). Currently the route is flown on Monday, Thursday and Saturday with Friday and Sunday services being added. The flight times are as follows:

AY009 HEL 17:25 – 18:40 ORD
AY010 ORD 22:00 – 14:50+1 HEL

I’m hoping to be one of the first (few hundred) to try out the new Finnair A350XWB aircraft in business class in a couple of week’s time so watch out for that review which should be out in the middle of October.


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