Transatlantic Flights: New US to Europe routes for 2011

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Iberia will offer four flights weekly from Los Angeles to Madrid this summer. Photo: Andres Rueda

Earlier this month we looked at new flight connections within Europe for 2011. We now follow up with a review of new transatlantic links for summer 2011. A raft of new routes creates many new opportunities for North Americans looking for creative itineraries to and around Europe.

New routes from California

California gets its first-ever direct link to Spain, with Iberia now offering a thrice-weekly service from Los Angeles to Madrid. During the summer peak (from July to September) an extra flight will push the weekly schedules up to four each way.

Also in California, British Airways returns to San Diego on June 1 after a gap of eight years with a daily non-stop flight to London Heathrow.

From the Pacific Northwest

Seattle gets a welcome boost in late June as leisure airline Condor (part of the Thomas Cook group) launches twice-weekly services to Frankfurt. For travelers north of the border, Condor will also offer a new twice-weekly flight from Calgary to Frankfurt. This brings to four the number of Condor’s routes from Canada to Germany. The others are Halifax, Vancouver and Whitehorse.

Yes, you really can fly direct from the Yukon to Europe. And not just with Condor, for Swiss carrier Edelweiss Air will this summer launch a wholly new route with a weekly flight that will operate a Zürich – Whitehorse – Anchorage – Zürich routing.

New links from NYC and Chicago

American Airlines offers two new transatlantic services this season. First off the blocks was a new daily New York JFK to Budapest service which started earlier this month. AA will follow up with a daily Chicago to Helsinki link from June 1. And there is more competition on the New York to Berlin route this summer, with Air Berlin offering a new service from next month.

Newark Airport in New Jersey is a big winner in the 2011 schedules. Continental will launch a new Stuttgart link in June, while SAS has just started a daily flight to Oslo.

Florida: Seven new transatlantic routes

From Florida, Iberia has launched a direct service to Barcelona. The Spanish carrier started the new thrice-weekly link on March 29 (complementing the existing Miami to Madrid service). Also in the Florida market, Air France will offer Orlando to Paris from June, while Delta has started flying the busy Miami to London Heathrow route.

From June, TAP will offer a new direct Miami to Lisbon service. Dutch carrier ArkeFly will inaugurate scheduled services from two Florida airports, Miami and Sanford, to Amsterdam in June. Edelweiss will offer a new Orlando to Zürich route from early July to mid-September.

Direct from Charlotte

US Airways introduce two seasonal services to Europe from its Charlotte hub in early May with direct flights to both Dublin and Madrid.

Sun Country…. or Uzbek Airlines?

The quirkiest new route across the Atlantic comes from Minnesota-based budget carrier Sun Country Airlines which last year experimented with a few flights from Minneapolis to London Stansted. Next month Sun Country starts a more ambitious transatlantic program with weekly flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul to London Gatwick airport. The flights will make an en-route technical stop in Gander (Newfoundland).

But truly dedicated devotees of oddball air routes will surely opt not for any of this season’s new services but for the long-standing weekly Uzbek Airlines direct flight from New York to Riga. There is, in our view, no more eccentric way to jet across the Atlantic.

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About the authors: Nicky and Susanne manage a Berlin-based editorial bureau that supplies text and images to media across Europe. Together they edit hidden europe magazine.

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3 thoughts on “Transatlantic Flights: New US to Europe routes for 2011”

  1. Dear Carsten Ziegler (above)

    Thank-you so much for taking the time to comment on our article on new transatlantic airline routes for the 2011 season. That we neglected to mention that Lufthansa was introducing new European-built aircraft on selected existing transatlantic routes was merely because it was not at the heart of our topic, viz. new routes.

    We are intrigued that you, as a Berliner, so strongly fly the Lufthansa flag. We live in Berlin too (as you rightly surmise) and Lufthansa hardly figures on our horizons as a credible international carrier. The airline barely serves the German capital. The only international flights on offer are a service to Paris and a link to Moscow, the latter not even daily.

    Of course we might debate with you whether German food, football and trains really are the very best in Europe. As genuinely European souls, citizens of Europe and writers devoted to exploring the full gamut of European life and culture, we care little for nationalist tub-thumping. Of course we shall continue to write with passion and enthusiasm, both in hidden europe magazine and more widely, about our home city of Berlin and about the Germany in which we live. But our attention to home must be balanced by due attention to a wider Europe. Hidden europe is hardly Heidelberg. It is more the myriad of unsung communities in Moldova, Macedonia or even, dare we venture, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

    Nicky and Susanne
    editors / hidden europe magazine
    Berlin, Germany

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  2. Timeless Drifter

    Americans aren’t shouting about the best way to get to Europe from Cuba. Instead, they are loudly whispering about how to get to Cuba in the first place. And, once again, Canada provides the answer!

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  3. Dr Carsten Ziegler

    A good piece by writers who I think are fellow Berliners. But why do they not push their national airline of which they should be proud? They suggest flying to America with Uzbekistan Airways, but completely ignore Lufthansa. Would Americans shout about how the best way to Europe is via Cuba?

    Next month Lufthansa’s flagship A380 aircraft will start flying to San Francisco. Starting 10 June 2011, Lufthansa will be operating daily A380 flights from Frankfurt to the sunshine state Florida. This will be the first time the European-built A380 is seen in Miami.

    These are good stories that the ladies at Hidden Europe should be writing about. You write brilliantly gals, but less on Slovak trains and Uzbek planes please. Fly the German flag, even try and bring a few visitors to your home country which has plenty of hidden destinations. When did you last write about Munich, Hamburg or Heidelberg? We have Bavarian castles galore, plus Europe’s best beer, food and football. We have festivals and river cruises. And visitors can fly direct to many Germany airports with Lufthansa, and connect then easily onto Europe’s fastest and most efficient train services that will take them safely to good destinations.

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