30 new routes for 2018


Seatplans looks ahead at some of the routes set to launch this year, from Emirates flights to London Stansted, to BA's nonstop route to the Seychelles.

British Airways

British Airways has announced two new transatlantic routes from Gatwick to Toronto and Las Vegas for this summer.

The thrice weekly Gatwick-Toronto route will launch on May 1, 2018, adding to existing flights from Heathrow, and will operate on Tuesday, Friday Sunday, departing Gatwick at 1155, arriving into Toronto at 1445.

The return leg will leave the Canadian city at 1945, landing back into London at 0750 the following day.


Meanwhile the carrier will also relaunch flights between Gatwick and Las Vegas on March 27 next year, a route it last operated in 2016. BA also flies to Vegas from Heathrow.

Three flights per week will depart Gatwick on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 1155, landing into Las Vegas at 1445. The return leg will leave the US city at 1635, arriving back into London at 1035 the following day. Timings are five minutes earlier for the Tuesday departures.

BA will also launch a new summer route to the southern Spanish city of Almeria, starting on March 27, 2018.

The twice-weekly A320 service will depart Heathrow T5 on Tuesday and Saturdays at 1315, landing into Almeria at 1700, with the return leg leaving the Spanish city at 1750, arriving back into London at 1935.

The route will operate until October 27, with lead-in hand baggage only fares of £66 each way.


Emirates is to launch flights between Dubai and London Stansted from June 8, 2018.

The aircraft operating on the daily service will be the carrier's new three-class B777-300ER featuring six seats in first class, 42 in business class and 306 in economy class.

Outbound, flight EK33 will depart Dubai at 0930, and will arrive in London Stansted at 1410. On its return, flight EK34 will depart London Stansted at 2110 and arrive in Dubai at 0705 the following day.

Stansted airport

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways will start daily direct flights between Doha and Cardiff from May 1. The new service will be operated on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The Cardiff service will be the first regular direct long haul flight linking Wales and South West England to a hub in the Gulf region seven days a week.

Qatar Airways

TAP Air Portugal

TAP Air Portugal has announced a new route between London City airport and Porto this spring.

The six times weekly service (no flight on Saturday) will launch on March 25, departing Porto’s Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport at 1205, landing into London at 1420, with the return leg leaving the capital at 1450 and arriving back into Porto at 1710.

TAP Air Portugal


Regional carrier Bmi is to launch a new route from its base at Bristol airport to Gothenburg.

The twice weekly service will launch on January 22, with schedules as follows:

Bristol to Gothenburg

  • Departs Monday and Thursday at 1340, arriving 1650

Gothenburg to Bristol

  • Departs Tuesday at 1440, arriving 1600
  • Departs Friday at 1140, arriving 1300

The new service will be the ninth route operated by Bmi from Bristol, joining Paris, Milan, Munich, Brussels, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Aberdeen.


Wizz Air

Wizzair has announced three new routes from its base at London Luton airport.

The low-cost carrier will launch flights to Athens, Keflavik (for Reykjavik) and Bari in spring 2018, as well as increasing the frequency of its Larnaca service to ten flights per week.

Flights to the Greek capital will operate daily from April 29, while those to Keflavik will launch on the same day, initially as a four times weekly weekly service (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) before increasing to daily from September 17.

Finally the Luton-Bari service will start on March 25, with two flights per week (Wednesday and Sunday), before increasing to four times weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) from April 19.

Wizz Air


Norwegian has announced a new route between London Gatwick and Buenos Aires, with fares starting from £299 each way.

The four times-weekly service will start on February 14, 2018, operating on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Flights will be served by the carrier’s two-class (economy and Premium) B787 aircraft, with Monday and Friday departures leaving Gatwick at 0815 (landing into Buenos Aires at 1900), and Wednesday and Saturday departures leaving at 2130 (arriving into the Argentine capital at 0815 the following day).

The low-cost carrier has also announced further long-haul expansion plans for this year, with new US routes to and from Madrid, Amsterdam and Milan.

The airline will offer a four times weekly service between New York JFK and Amsterdam Schiphol from May 7, followed by a four times weekly route between JFK and Milan Malpensa from June 18.

Flights between Los Angeles and Madrid will operate four times per week from July 16, and a thrice weekly route between JFK and Madrid will launch on July 18.


Air India

Air India has announced a new nonstop route from Birmingham airport to the northwestern Indian city of Amritsar.

The carrier said that it was planning to commence service in early 2018, “recognising the consumer demand from the Midlands’ region to Amritsar”.

The route will be operated by a two-class B787-8 Dreamliner, configured for 18 business class and 238 economy seats, and will be the only nonstop service from the UK to Amritsar, home of the Golden Temple.

Birmingham Airport

Air France

Air France is to launch flights between Paris CDG and Nairobi, complementing sister airline KLM’s existing service from Amsterdam.

Starting from March 25, 2018 the French flag carrier will offer a thrice weekly service operating on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from Paris, with flight AF814 departing at 2050 and landing into Nairobi at 0600 the following day.

The return leg AF815 will leave the Kenyan capital on Mondays, Thursday and Sundays at 0820, arriving back into Paris at 1550.

Flights will be served by a B787 Dreamliner configured for 30 business class seats, with 21 seats in premium economy and 225 in economy.

Air France

Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus has announced a new transatlantic route from Dublin to Seattle, its 13th North American destination.

The four times weekly service will launch on May 18, 2018, and will be the first ever direct flight from the Irish capital to the west coast US city.

Flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departing Dublin at 1550, arriving into Seattle at 1735, with the return leg leaving the US city at 1920, and landing back into Irish capital at 1235 the following day.

Aer Lingus

Wow Air

Icelandic carrier Wow Air has announced a new route to New York JFK, adding to existing services to Newark Liberty airport.

Daily flights will launch on April 26, departing Reykjavik at 2110 and landing into JFK at 2325, with the return leg leaving New York at 0440 and landing back into Iceland at 1045.

Connections will be available on the carrier’s new Stansted service which also launches in late April, with a total journey time of 11 hours and five minutes on the US-bound leg, and ten hours 35 minutes London-bound, as follows:

  • Departs Stansted 1720, arrives Reykjavik 1930, departs Reykjavik 2110, arrives JFK 2335
  • Departs JFK 0440, arrives Reykjavik 1045, departs Reykjavik 1205, arrives Stansted 1615

Wow Air

Primera Air

Nordic carrier Primera Air has announced its latest routes from the UK to North America.

The airline will offer three flights per week from Stansted and Birmingham to Toronto, starting in May and June 2018 respectively. Both services will operate from the UK on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays.

The new routes add to the carrier’s recently announced flights from Stansted and Birmingham to New York Newark and Boston, which will also commence this year.

Services will be operated by Airbus A321neo aircraft, configured with economy and Premium seating, and with wifi access and the option to charge devices on board.

Primera Air


LATAM Airlines Group has announced plans for three new routes from Sao Paulo to Boston, Lisbon and Rome this year.

Boston will be the group’s sixth US destination, joining Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando and Washington DC, and is scheduled to launch in mid-2018.

Meanwhile flights to Rome will start on March 16, 2018, departing Sao Paulo at 1555 on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and arriving into Rome at 0755 the following day, with the return leg leaving the Italian capital at 1000 on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, landing back into Sao Paulo at 1835.

Flights will be operated by a two-class B767 aircraft configured for 191 economy seats and 30 Premium Business seats, and the thrice-weekly service will increase to five flights per week from July 2018.

Rome will be LATAM’s second destination in Italy, joining Milan. No further information has been given by LATAM on the launch date of the Lisbon service.


United Airlines

United has announced a new nonstop route between Houston and Sydney, launching on January 18, 2018.

The daily B787-9 service will be the carrier’s second longest nonstop route (at 8,596 miles) after LA-Singapore.

It will also be the only nonstop service between Houston and Australia. United currently operates flights to Sydney from the west coast cities of LA and San Francisco.

Flight UA101 will depart Houston at 2000, landing into Sydney at 0630 (two days later), with the return leg UA100 leaving the Australian city at 1150 and landing back into Houston at 1035 (the same day).

Flights will be operated by United’s B787-9 aircraft, configured with 48 fully-flat business class seats in a 2-2-2 layout, 63 seats in Economy Plus, and 141 in economy.

The US carrier has also announced plans to relaunch flights between Heathrow and Denver. United last flew the Heathrow-Denver route in 2010.

The airline will operate a daily service using B787-8 aircraft, fitted with 36 fully flat business class seats, 70 Economy Plus seats and 113 in economy.

Flights will operate between March 25 and October 27, 2018, with UA26 departing Heathrow at 1140 and landing into Denver at 1430. The return leg UA27 will leave the US city at 1735, landing back into London at 0940 the following day.

United Airlines


Delta has announced a new nonstop route between Indianapolis and Paris, launching on May 24, 2018.

The daily service will be operated by a B767-300ER aircraft fitted with 25 Delta One seats, 29 seats in Delta Comfort +, and 171 in Main Cabin.

Flight DL500 will depart Indianapolis at 1820, arriving into Paris CDG at 0845 the following day, with the return leg DL501 leaving the French capital at 1315 and landing back into Indianapolis at 1635.


Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific will be launching new non-stop routes to three European capitals this summer – Brussels, Dublin and Copenhagen – with the carrier’s A350 set to fly all three.

Both the Brussels and the Dublin routes will operate four times weekly, while Copenhagen – which will run as a seasonal summer service – will fly three times per week.

First to launch will be Brussels, which is set to take off on March 25, 2018 flying on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. This will be followed by the seasonal Copenhagen flights from May 2 to October 12, flying on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Flights to Dublin will then launch on June 2, scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday operations.

Cathay Pacific

American Airlines

American Airlines is set to launch a raft of new European services this summer.

Between May 4 and October 27, 2018, the airline will fly to new destinations Budapest and Prague from Philadelphia, with an extra service to launch between Chicago and Venice. The airline already serves Venice from Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia-Budapest service will depart 1825, arriving in Budapest at 0935 the next day, with the return leg leaving Budapest at 1135 and arriving in Philadelphia at 1600.

Flights from Philadelphia to Prague will depart at 1830, arriving in Prague the next day at 0905, with the return flight leaving Prague at 1130 and arriving in Philadelphia at 1510.

The Chicago-Venice service will depart O’Hare International airport at 1900, arriving in Venice at 11am the next day, with the return service departing Venice at 1450 and arriving in Chicago at 1815.

Both the Budapest and Prague services will be served by a B767-300, while Chicago-Venice will use the Dreamliner.

American Airlines

British Airways

British Airways is to launch flights between London and Nashville in the US.

From May the airline will operate a five-a-week service from Heathrow Terminal 5. It will be the only airline to fly direct between Europe and the capital of Tennessee.

The route will be operated by a B787-8, with return fares in economy starting from £749, £1196 in premium economy and £1,849 in business, available to book now.

The flights will run on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday with the BA223 departing from Heathrow at 1545 and arriving into Nashville airport at 1850, while the BA222 will leave Nashville at 2020, arriving in London at 1030 the next day.

British Airways

The flag carrier is also set to launch a nonstop route to the Seychelles.

From March 24, the airline will fly direct from Heathrow T5 to the island of Mahé twice a week using the Dreamliner.

Flights will depart from London on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1750, arriving in Mahé at 0700, with the return leg departing Thursdays and Sundays at 0900, arriving at Heathrow at 1620. Return fares start from £699 in economy, £999 in premium economy, £2,499 in business and  £3,499 in first.

By Mark Caswell