BIRMINGHAM Airport and American Airlines have launched direct daily flights between Birmingham and New York John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK).
The route will provide nearly 100,000 seats between Birmingham Airport and JFK.
David Winstanley, Chief Operating Officer for Birmingham Airport said: “We warmly welcome today’s new American Airlines daily service between Birmingham and New York JFK as it provides more choice for people wanting to access this vibrant US destination and has created almost 100,000 extra seats between the two cities.
“American Airlines’ strong route network from JFK also broadens onward connectivity across the Americas and Canada, including nearly hourly connections to LA, San Francisco and Orlando, and international flights down to Buenos Aires, San Paulo and Rio, as well as up to Toronto and Montreal.
“This joint business and oneworld alliance with British Airways also means that we see the return of a British Airways code share to Birmingham, allowing customers to earn and redeem BA air miles and Avios points.”
Last year, American tourists spent around £40m in Birmingham and the Midlands exported £4.8bn to North America, giving a trade surplus of £2.9bn; the largest of any UK region.
David added: “This service will not only help to build on the region’s success in attracting trading with America, but with so many wonderful places on our doorstep such as Stratford-up-Avon, Warwick and the Cotswolds, we’re confident that this new flight will draw in even more tourists and business to the region.”
The American Airlines flight will operate daily, arriving from JFK into Birmingham at 7am local UK time.
It will depart for its return leg at 9am, arriving into New York JFK at 11.55am local US time.