Are you keeping up with the new flights in and out of Europe? Here's a roundup of all the new flights, and flight announcements, in 2017.
The first direct flight from Brussels to Mumbai, India, began this spring on Brussels Airlines. The service connects five times a week. It not only connects the two cities, but also gives travelers connection with other Brussels Airlines flights to and from destinations in Europe, Africa, and North America. In India, the airline works with Star Alliance partner Air India to connect via Mumbai to several other destinations in the country.
Norwegian is flying from Denver and Seattle-Tacoma International Airports to London’s Gatwick Airport beginning in September. There are now nine nonstop flights between the U.S. and London on Norwegian.
Norwegian also added 12 new transatlantic routes, the first of which flew out of Hudson Valley’s Stewart Airport in Newburgh, New York, to Edinburgh, Scotland. Other flights have begun flying Providence, Rhode Island and Hartford, Connecticut to Dublin, Ireland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Shannon, Ireland; Bergen, Norway; and Cork, with Ireland only out of Providence.
Also flying to Ireland is Delta, with expanded flights from Boston. The company is also servicing Lisbon from New York as well as its return service from Berlin to New York.
The first non-stop flight from the UK to Australia is scheduled for March, 2018. Linking London and Western Australia, the flight is also quite a bit more expensive than most one-stop flights. The first one-way flight starts at £755.
There has been a number of new flights added to Croatia through Easyjet. Travelers can fly through the end of September between Zadar Airport and London Luton Airport Wednesdays and Saturdays. They can also fly to Dubrovnik from Manchester and Belfast Airports. Flights will depart from Manchester Wednesdays and from Belfast Tuesdays and Sundays.
British Airways has also introduced service between London Heathrow Airport and Pula Tuesdays and Saturdays until September 30.
According to the European Travel Commission, Cyprus is the second fastest growing travel destination in Europe, and the destination will also see even more service next May from London to Larnaka. There will also be additional flights on Jet2 starting in February 2018 from London Stansted and Larnaka to Paphos.
German low-cost airline Eurowings is also getting in on the action. It announced that it will be offering increased service to Cyprus through the end of the summer. Flights between Vienna and Paphos will run once a week.
Finnair will be adding four more weekly flights to Rovaniemi from Helsinki for the 2017/2018 winter season. Additionally, Kuusamo, Finland, will gain a 21 percent increase in seat capacity with three additional weekly seasonal flights.
Finnair has also added nonstop flights to Lapland, Finland, from London, Paris, Frankfurt and Zürich starting mid-December 2017 until the end of March 2018.
Etihad Airways will add twice-daily service from Abu Dhabi, UAE, to Paris on the world’s largest passenger jet. It carries almost 500 passengers and has a three-bedroom suite on board.
Beginning October 24, 2017, Air France will begin flying five times a week between Chicago’s O’Hare’s International Airport and Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. Passengers will be flying on the 208 passenger Airbus A330.
Norwegian has also added flights to Paris from the U.S. Beginning April 9, 2018. The airline will fly between Denver International Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Flights will run twice a week year round on Mondays and Fridays.
It’s been busy for flights between the U.S. and Germany. As part of Condor Airlines' expansion, non-stop service from San Diego, Pittsburgh, and New Orleans to Frankfurt have been added. The airline also plans to add non-stop service to Munich from existing gateways in Seattle and Las Vegas.
United Airlines is now flying seasonally between San Francisco International and Munich Airport.
Eurowings has also added a direct flight from Cologne, Germany, to Las Vegas. The two flights a week (Monday and Friday) are scheduled to run until October 27, 2017.
Condor airlines took its first flight from Frankfurt, Germany to San Diego earlier this summer, kicking of the airline’s summer expansion. Additional flights have also been added to New Orleans and Pittsburgh.
Not sure where you want to go? German airline Lufthansa has started selling roundtrip flights starting at €69, with a catch. Guests don’t know where they’re flying to until the flight is booked.
The company is, however, allowing guests to choose a theme for their location. For example, guests who want to go somewhere romantic will be sent to one of 10 locations like Florence, Paris, and Rome, while those who want a nature themed destination will be sent to one of eight places like Copenhagen, Faro, or Oslo. There are also sightseeing and culture, partying, and bromance themes to choose from.
Flights leave from Frankfurt and Munich airports.
Boosting its European Dreamliner network, Etihad Airways will deploy its new Boeing 787-9 aircraft to fly to Amsterdam, starting September 1.
Delta has announced its first nonstop flight between Orlando International Airport and Amsterdam. According to the company it will be the only daily nonstop service between the two cities. Flights are scheduled to begin March 30, 2018.
Three roundtrip flights from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have begun on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The new KLM service complements the three daily flights between Amsterdam and Minneapolis operated by Delta Air Lines, Air France KLM’s transatlantic joint-venture partner
A new route to Alicante from Helsinki, Finland was added by Finnair, giving travelers the choice of up to four weekly flights until October 27, 2017. In May, Finnair also added new routes to Ibiza and Menorca for the 2017 summer season.
Norwegian recently launched additional nonstop flights from Los Angeles, Newark, and Oakland to Barcelona, Spain. Later this summer the company will also add flights from Fort Lauderdale
As part of the increased European Dreamliner network, Etihad Airways will begin flights to Madrid from Abu Dubai starting October 1. And in the fall, it will add service from Los Angeles, Newark, and Oakland to Rome.
Switzerland-based airline Edelweiss, a sister company of Swiss International Air Lines, expanded its route to North America earlier this summer. The airline offers seasonal flights between Zurich and San Diego and will travel through September.