The United States will get 7 new international routes in 2022, including the first transatlantic service from St. Louis in almost 20 years – see full list
- An airline alliance with carriers like British Airways and Aer Lingus is launching 4 new routes in 2022.
- The partnership will provide service to Finland, Germany, England and Spain from the United States.
- Lufthansa is also launching two new routes with a historic flight to Saint-Louis in June.
Airlines are expecting a busy 2022 summer season and carriers are gearing up with new and return routes and an increase in the frequency of flights to popular destinations.
In a press release Monday, British Airways has revealed that its “Aviation Joint Business” partnership is launching four new routes next summer, streamlining travel between the United States and Europe through a combined network of flights. AJB started in 2010 between Oneworld partners British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia, with Finnair in 2013 and LEVEL in Spain in 2017.
Aer Lingus is the most recent addition after the Department of Transport approved its membership in December 2020, although it is not part of the Oneworld alliance, according to simple theft. The UK arm of the Irish national carrier, known as Aer Lingus UK, will also operate under the partnership as a subsidiary of Aer Lingus. It will connect the United States to Manchester after receiving DOT clearance in September.
Aer Lingus UK was an important addition as it adds Manchester to the alliance’s larger network, where carriers lack a strong presence, according to simple theft. The two scheduled routes between the United States and Manchester began this month, with flights to New York on December 1 and service to Orlando starting last Saturday.
While flights to Manchester have already started, the alliance will also launch new routes between the United States and destinations in Spain, Finland and England in 2022. In particular, Finnair’s new service from Helsinki to Seattle will strengthen its partnership with Oneworld member Alaska Airlines, supply international passengers in Alaska’s domestic network, according to Travel Weekly.
Meanwhile, British Airways will make connections between London Heathrow and Pittsburgh, and London Gatwick and New York-JFK. American is also taking over 13 routes, like Charlotte in Rome and Chicago in Barcelona.
In addition, Iberia will increase frequencies between Madrid and Miami, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
In addition to the new routes of AJB, Germany-based Lufthansa, which is a member of Sky Alliance, announced the launch of two new routes next year, including service to Saint-Louis. The route will mark the first time the Midwestern city has offered a transatlantic route to mainland Europe in nearly 20 years, according to Lufthansa.
Eurowings Discover, the low-cost leisure brand of the Lufthansa Group, is also launching transatlantic service to the United States next summer with a new route to Las Vegas. The carrier was launched in July 2021 and differs from the company’s short-haul carrier of the same name, Eurowings, which discontinued its long-haul flights in 2020, according to CAPA.
Take a closer look at the seven new routes launched to the United States in 2022.
Between Frankfurt and Saint-Louis
Lufthansa will begin service between Frankfurt and St. Louis from June 2022. The airline has not revealed details on the number of frequencies or type of aircraft, but it will be the only competitor on the route.
Between Munich and San Diego
Lufthansa will begin service between Munich and San Diego from March 27. Details on aircraft type and frequencies are still under wraps, but the airline will not face any competition. Lufthansa operated from Frankfurt to San Diego before the pandemic, according to The Points Guy.
Between Helsinki and Dallas
Finnair will start four times a week service between Helsinki and Dallas on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from February 6. The seasonal link will run until October 30 using an Airbus A350. Round-trip fares start at $ 821 and the carrier won’t face any competition.
Between Helsinki and Seattle
Finnair will start a three-weekly service between Helsinki and Seattle on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from June 1. The seasonal link will run until October 29 using an Airbus A330. Round-trip fares start at $ 877, and the carrier will be the sole operator on the route.
Between Barcelona and Los Angeles
LEVEL will begin a four-weekly service between Barcelona and Los Angeles on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting March 28. The route will be operated by Iberia on behalf of LEVEL using an Airbus A330-220. Round-trip fares start at $ 483, and the carrier will be the only competitor on the route.
Between London and Portland, Oregon
British Airways will start a service between London and Portland five times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from June 6 using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The route was originally planned for June 2020 but has been postponed due to the pandemic, according to Travel Weekly. Round-trip fares start at $ 562 and the carrier won’t face any competition.
Between Munich and Las Vegas
Eurowings Discover will launch a bi-weekly service between Munich and Las Vegas on Sundays and Fridays from March 27 on board an Airbus A330. The carrier will be the only operator on the route.