Over 80 new routes between North America and Europe launched since S12; North America to Asia routes up by 50% in same period

British Airways launches London Heathrow to San Jose

Five years ago Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport had no direct connections to Asia or Europe. This summer it will have direct flights to Frankfurt (with Lufthansa) and London Heathrow (with British Airways), as well as non-stop flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo.

The number of non-stop routes between airports in North America (the US and Canada) and Asia has increased by over 50% in the last five years from 91 in S12 to 138 in S17, a net increase of 47 routes. A similar analysis of routes between North America and Europe shows that the number of non-stop routes has grown by a more modest 24% from 347 to 431, a net increase of 84 routes.

A closer look at the number of destinations served from each North American airport reveals, not surprisingly, that those facilities based on the eastern side of the continent have the best links to Europe, while those on the west coast have the most connections to points in Asia.

New York JFK leads way on routes to Europe

New York’s JFK airport has extended its lead over its nearest rivals in the last five years, increasing the number of points served non-stop in Europe by five, from 38 to 43. Second-placed Toronto Pearson is still serving 33 points in Europe and is being caught by both Newark and its Canadian rival Montreal. The biggest increase in connectivity is in Los Angeles, which now has nine more connections than it did five years ago. Miami has seen a net increase of eight, while San Francisco (gained seven) and Boston (gained six) have also seen impressive growth.

Top 12 US/Canada airports for routes to Europe

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 7 August 2017 and w/c 6 August 2012.

A total of 50 North American airports will this summer have a non-stop connection with at least one airport in Europe, up from 46 in S12. Six airports now have a non-stop link with Europe which they did not have five years ago.

N. American airport Routes to Europe in S17
Austin (AUS) British Airways to London (LHR), Condor to Frankfurt (FRA)
Hartford (BDL) Aer Lingus to Dublin (DUB)
New Orleans (MSY) British Airways to London (LHR), Condor to Frankfurt (FRA)
Providence (PVD) SATA Air Açores to Ponta Delgada (PDL)
San Jose (SJC) British Airways to London (LHR), Lufthansa to Frankfurt (FRA)
Winnipeg (YWG) WestJet to London (LGW)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 7 August 2017.

Two airports have lost non-stop service to Europe; Memphis has lost its service to Amsterdam (operated by Delta Air Lines until the end of S12), and Hamilton is no longer connected to Terceira by SATA Air Açores.

Aer Lingus launches Dublin to Hartford route

Hartford, Connecticut returned to the ranks of US airports with non-stop links to Europe when Aer Lingus began serving the airport from Dublin last September. anna.aero was lucky enough to be on the inaugural service operated on behalf of Aer Lingus by ASL Airlines Ireland using its 757 fleet.

It’s California versus Vancouver for Asian connectivity

For links to Asia, San Francisco just edges out Los Angeles and Vancouver for the most non-stop routes. The Californian gateway is connected to 17 airports in Asia, while its main rivals can only manage 16 each. San Francisco has also seen the biggest net gain in destinations, growing by nine in the last five years. Both Los Angeles and Vancouver saw a net gain of seven Asian destinations during the same period.

Top 13 US/Canada airports for routes to Asia

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 7 August 2017 and w/c 6 August 2012.

In the last five years the number of North American airports with non-stop flights to Asia has increased from 19 to 24. The entry into service of the 787-8 and 787-9s has helped facilitate several of these new routes.

N. American airport Routes to Asia in S17
Denver (DEN) United Airlines to Tokyo (NRT)
Kona (KOA) Hawaiian Airlines to Tokyo (HND)
Montreal (YUL) Air China to Beijing (PEK), Air Canada to Shanghai (PVG)
San Diego (SAN) Japan Airlines to Tokyo (NRT)
San Jose (SJC) Hainan Airlines to Beijing (PEK), Air China to Shanghai (PVG), All Nippon Airways to Tokyo (NRT)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 7 August 2017.
Air China launches Beijing to Montreal service

On 29 September 2015 Air China introduced non-stop service to Montreal from Beijing. Fellow Star Alliance member Air Canada will start non-stop flights from the Canadian airport to Shanghai Pudong next month, giving Montreal its second non-stop link to an Asian airport.


Comments

  1. Siobhean says:

    Interesting that LHR and FRA seem to link to the same cities at the same time, who is following who??

  2. It is time for a revision and correction to this article. You neglected to mention in the story and charts one of the most dynamic developments in the Europe to North America. And that is the new flights to the San Francisco Bay at Oakland International. OAK is now California’s 3rd largest gateway to Europe after LAX and SFO.
    Summer 2017 service includes:
    1. London Gatwick, Norwegian (+2 weekly from S16)
    2. London Gatwick, British Airways (New)
    3. Barcelona, Norwegian (New)
    4. Copenhagen, Norwegian (New)
    5. Stockholm, Norwegian
    6. Oslo, Norwegian
    7. Terceira, Azores, Portugal – Lisbon, Azores Airlines-SATA

    Thanks you for the opportunity to bring it to your attention.

    • Hi John. Thanks for your comments regarding OAK’s impressive growth in European services in the last five years. Indeed, OAK has gone from a weekly service to Amsterdam with Arkefly in S12 to now serving six European destinations non-stop. However, this did not qualify you for either the chart (which required a minimum of 14 destinations to be served) or the table. If you hadn’t had that AMS service back in S12 you would have made the table! 🙂

  3. John Albrecht says:

    OK…so, still the chart copied here that shows these cities with fewer wins and doesn’t include OAK.

    N. American airport Routes to Europe in S17
    Austin (AUS) British Airways to London (LHR), Condor to Frankfurt (FRA)
    Hartford (BDL) Aer Lingus to Dublin (DUB)
    New Orleans (MSY) British Airways to London (LHR), Condor to Frankfurt (FRA)
    Providence (PVD) SATA Air Açores to Ponta Delgada (PDL)
    San Jose (SJC) British Airways to London (LHR), Lufthansa to Frankfurt (FRA)
    Winnipeg (YWG) WestJet to London (LGW)

    You can make up whatever rules you want to exclude us, but it’s time you catch the East Bay vibe brother ….it’s where it is at!

    • There was no intention to exclude anyone, OAK’s growth has indeed been impressive when it comes to transatlantic services, and I would love to catch the East Bay vibe some time. Get me on one of those services from Gatwick and I will happily come and take a good look round and write about it for anna.aero! 🙂

  4. Adam H says:

    Are you counting IST as Europe?

    • Adam H says:

      Also – PVD and SWF appear to be on the verge of getting some or all of these with Norwegian in S17 – SNN/ORK/MAN/EDI

  5. Sarah Burr Yearout says:

    Is this the Tom Cook who owned Ed Marshall Aviation Ins. 35 years ago? I’m asking because he was my 1st real boss and taught me a little about flying.

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