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Exciting New Routes for July 2016 and Beyond

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Each month, airlines around the world launch and announce dozens of new flight routes and service changes — and today, TPG Points & Miles Editor Sarah Silbert shares just a few of the latest flights that will take to the skies this month or in the near future. Keep in mind that exact flight details (e.g., flight schedules, aircraft and more) may change based on travel dates.

NEW ROUTES LAUNCHED IN JULY 2016

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Fly nonstop from San Francisco to Hangzhou on United’s 787-9 Dreamliner. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

San Francisco (SFO) – Hangzhou (HGH) on United (launched July 13)

Details — Earlier this month, United began thrice-weekly nonstop flights between San Francisco and Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan International Airport aboard its 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. This brings the number of mainland China cities serviced by the airline to five. The new route departs SFO on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and departs Hangzhou on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Schedule (3x per week):

  • UA982 San Francisco (SFO) 2:20pm Departure ⇒ Hangzhou (HGH) 6:15pm (+1) Arrival
  • UA983 Hangzhou (HGH) 10:55am Departure ⇒ San Francisco (SFO) 7:50 am Arrival

Newark (EWR) – Addis Ababa (ADD) on Ethiopian Airlines (launched July 3)

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Ethiopian Airlines relaunched flights between Newark and Addis Ababa this month. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Details — Ethiopian Airlines reinstated service between Newark and Addis Ababa, a route it had previously operated but decided to end back in 2004. Through August 5, the carrier is operating three weekly flights with its Dreamliner 787-8, and it will then increase the frequency to four times a week. Ethiopian offers service in each direction on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, with a Friday flights starting in August. Flights in each direction include a stop in Lomé, Togo. If this route doesn’t align with your travel plans but you’d like to fly Ethiopian’s Dreamliner, consider catching its flight from Los Angeles to Dublin.

Schedule (3x per week, until August 4):

  • ET509 Newark (EWR) 9:15pm Departure ⇒ Lomé (LFW) 11:30am (+1) Arrival
  • ET509 Lomé (LFW) 12:30pm Departure ⇒ Addis Ababa (ADD) 9:15pm Arrival
  • ET508 Addis Ababa (ADD) 9:30am Departure ⇒ Lomé (LFW) 12:00pm Arrival
  • ET508 Lomé (LFW) 1:00pm Departure ⇒ Newark (EWR) 7:15pm Arrival
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Fly from four US cities to Edinburgh (with a connection in Reykjavik) on WOW Air. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

New Service from the US to Edinburgh on Wow Air (launched July 16)

Iceland-based low-cost carrier WOW Air added service connecting Edinburgh, Scotland (EDI) with four US cities: Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. All routes operate twice a week with a connection in Reykjavik. Flights from the West Coast to Iceland operate on the carrier’s single-class A330 aircraft, while those from the East Coast and Reykjavik to Edinburgh use the A321. All outbound flights from the US depart on Tuesday and Saturday, while flights from Europe leave on Wednesday and Sunday.

Schedule:

Baltimore-Edinburgh 

  • WOW 118 Baltimore (BWI) 7:10pm Departure ⇒ Reykjavik (KEF) 4:55am (+1) Arrival
  • WOW 860 Reykjavik (KEF) 7:50am Departure ⇒ Edinburgh (EDI) 11:10am Arrival
  • WOW 861 Edinburgh (EDI) 12:20pm Departure ⇒ Reykjavik (KEF) 1:50pm Arrival
  • WOW 117 Reykjavik (KEF) 3:30pm Departure ⇒ Baltimore (BWI) 5:50PM Arrival

Boston-Edinburgh

  • WOW 126 Boston (BOS) 7:00pm Departure ⇒ Reykjavik (KEF) 4:30am (+1) Arrival
  • WOW 860 Reykjavik (KEF) 7:50am Departure ⇒ Edinburgh (EDI) 11:10am Arrival
  • WOW 861 Edinburgh (EDI) 12:20pm Departure ⇒ Reykjavik (KEF) 1:50pm Arrival
  • WOW 125 Reykjavik (KEF) 3:30pm Departure ⇒ Boston (BOS) 5:25 Arrival

Los Angeles-Edinburgh

  • WOW 174 Los Angeles (LAX) 12:40pm Departure ⇒ Reykjavik (KEF) 4:10am (+1) Arrival
  • WOW 860 Reykjavik (KEF) 7:50am Departure ⇒ Edinburgh (EDI) 11:10am Arrival
  • WOW 861 Edinburgh (EDI) 12:20pm Departure ⇒ Reykjavik (KEF) 1:50pm Arrival
  • WOW 173 Reykjavik (KEF) 3:50pm Departure ⇒ Los Angeles (LAX) 6:10pm Arrival

San Francisco-Edinburgh

  • WOW 162 San Francisco (SFO) 12:50pm Departure ⇒ Reykjavik (KEF) 4:10am (+1) Arrival
  • WOW 860 Reykjavik (KEF) 7:50am Departure ⇒ Edinburgh (EDI) 11:10am Arrival
  • WOW 861 Edinburgh (EDI) 12:20pm Departure ⇒ Reykjavik (KEF) 1:50pm Arrival
  • WOW 161 Reykjavik (KEF) 5:20pm Departure ⇒ San Francisco (SFO) 7:25pm Arrival

NEW ROUTES ANNOUNCED IN JULY 2016

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Southwest is launching nonstop service from Newark to San Juan, Puerto Rico in December. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Southwest to Begin Nonstop Service Between Newark and Puerto Rico

Details — We’re starting to see some positive effects of the FAA’s decision to ease slot restrictions at Newark Airport. Exhibit A? Southwest recently announced that it will launch nonstop flights each Saturday between EWR and San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) starting December 17, 2016. Newark has long been dominated by United flights, and this news could mean more low-cost carriers will begin offering routes through the busy airport. Southwest’s new flight will be its only nonstop option to Puerto Rico from the New York City area, and to celebrate its launch, the carrier’s offering special fares starting at $128 one-way for the first several months.

Schedule:

  • Southwest 1589 Newark (EWR) 2:40pm Departure ⇒ San Juan (SJU) 7:30pm Arrival
  • Southwest 5641 San Juan (SJU) 8:10pm Departure ⇒ Newark (EWR) 11:25pm Arrival
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Next year, you’ll be able to catch a ride from New York to Grenada in JetBlue’s premium Mint cabin. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

JetBlue Launching Seasonal Mint Service to Grenada Next Year

Details — In January 2017, JetBlue will add a fifth Caribbean destination to its ever-expanding list of premium-service routes. The carrier will offer seasonal Mint service between Grenada and New York-JFK on Saturdays between January 21 and April 29, in addition to the year-round service it offers on this route on Saturdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Schedule:

  • B6949 New York (JFK) 8:00am Departure ⇒ Grenada (GND) 1:45pm Arrival
  • B6950 Grenada (GND) 3:05pm Departure ⇒ New York (JFK) 7:28pm Arrival
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Starting later this year, Alaska will offer service from new West Coast cities to Newark. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Alaska Airlines to Launch Daily Service from Three West Coast Cities to Newark

Details — West Coast-based travelers will soon have another option for traveling to the New York City area, as Alaska recently announced that it will add service from Portland (starting November 10), San Diego (starting November 21) and San Jose (starting March 12, 2017) to Newark. These new flights are another positive result of the FAA’s decision to ease slot restrictions at EWR, and they could help drive airfare down now that there’s more competition on these routes.

Schedule: 

  • Portland (PDX) 6:55am Departure ⇒ Newark (EWR) 2:55pm Arrival
  • Newark (EWR) 3:55pm Departure ⇒ Portland (PDX) 7:05pm Arrival
  • San Diego (SAN) 9:55am Departure ⇒ Newark (EWR) 5:55pm Arrival
  • Newark (EWR) 7:00pm Departure ⇒ San Diego (SAN) 10:00pm Arrival
  • San Jose (SJC) 6:30am Departure ⇒ Newark (EWR) 2:55pm Arrival
  • Newark (EWR) 4:05pm Departure ⇒ San Jose (SJC) 7:40pm Arrival
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Allegiant is launching service to the New York City area later this year. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Allegiant Air Adds Service to New York and Adds Three New Cities

Details — Allegiant will be launching several new routes just in time for the holiday travel season. The airline is adding four new flights to Newark, marking the first time Allegiant will serve the New York City area. The carrier also plans to add service between Ogdensburg, New York and two new cities and a handful of other new domestic routes. The first to launch will be Provo, Utah (PVU) to San Diego (SAN) on September 28, 2016.

New Routes:

  • Provo, Utah (PVU) – San Diego (SAN) launching September 28
  • Concord, North Carolina (JQF) – Punta Gorda, Florida (PGD) launching October 5
  • Ogdensburg, New York (OGS) – Orlando-Sanford Airport (SFB) launching October 5
  • Albuquerque (ABQ) – Los Angeles (LAX) launching October 6
  • El Paso (ELP) – Oakland (OAK) launching October 6
  • Ogdensburg (OGS) – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) launching October 6
  • Destin, Florida (VPS) – Las Vegas (LAS) launching October 7
  • Cincinnati (CVG) – Newark (EWR) launching November 16
  • Savannah (SAV) – Newark (EWR) launching November 16
  • Asheville, North Carolina – Newark (EWR) launching November 17
  • Knoxville (TYS) – Newark (EWR) launching November 17
  • Denver (DEN) – Montrose, Colorado (MTJ) launching seasonal service December 14, 2016 – March 25, 2017
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Singapore Airlines is launching a Houston-Manchester-Singapore route this fall. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Fly Singapore Airlines from Houston to Manchester Starting in October

Details — On October 30, Singapore Airlines will axe its Houston-Moscow and Munich-Manchester flights in favor of a new Houston-Manchester route operated with its 777-300ER aircraft. The flight will be available five times a week, and will continue on to Singapore after the stop in the UK.

Schedule:

  • SQ51 Houston (IAH) 8:15pm Departure ⇒ Manchester (MAN) 10:05am (+1) Arrival
  • SQ51 Manchester (MAN) 11:35am Departure ⇒ Singapore (SIN) 8:20am (+1) Arrival
  • SQ52 Singapore (SIN) 2:35am Departure ⇒ Manchester (MAN) 9:00am Arrival
  • SQ52 Manchester (MAN) 10:15am Departure ⇒ Houston (IAH) 2:35pm Arrival

Which of these new routes are you most excited about?

Featured image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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