New airline routes for 2017


Thomson Dreamliner

Thomson Airways

Thomson and First Choice have announced a new destination to the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc for the winter 2017 season.

The carrier will offer a weekly direct service from Gatwick to Phu Quoc International airport using a B787 Dreamliner aircraft, with the flight taking 12 hours.

British Airways

British Airways is to launch seven new routes from Manchester Airport this summer and three new destinations from London Stansted.

From May, the airline will begin summer-only direct flights from Manchester to Alicante, Malaga, Ibiza and Palma, Mykonos, Nice and a weekly service to London City airport.

New flights from Stansted will launch to Florence, Geneva and Nice and there will be increased frequency on existing routes to Ibiza and Palma. Flights to Malaga and Faro will also resume for the summer.


Ryanair has announced a raft of new destinations from London Stansted airport, as well as increased frequencies on existing services.

The carrier will add nine routes for the summer 2017 season, to Naples (daily), Copenhagen (three flights per day), Beziers (three times-weekly), Cagliari (three times-weekly), Clermont (twice weekly), Grenoble (three times-weekly), Nice (daily), Nimes (four times-weekly), and Strasbourg (twice weekly).

The carrier will also launch a new route between Liverpool John Lennon airport (LJLA) and Milan Malpensa this winter. The three times-weekly service starts in October.

Bmi Regional

Bmi Regional has announced a new hub at Birmingham airport, with three new routes to launch this spring.

A twice-weekly route to Graz,  Austria’s second largest city, will start on February 27, followed by services to Nuremberg and Gothenburg, which will both launch on May 8 with six flights per week.

Bookings for all three routes – which are currently unserved from the airport – are all now on sale, with one-way fares to Nuremberg will start from £79, with Gothenburg from £89 and Graz from £99.


Finnair has announced plans for new long-haul routes and increased frequencies for the winter 2017 season.

The flag carrier will operate a twice-weekly service to the Indian coastal city of Goa between November 30, 2017 and March 18, 2018, as well as increasing the frequency of its Delhi service to six flights per week during the winter season.

In addition Finnair will fly twice weekly to Havana between December 1 and March 23, weekly to Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) between November 19 and March 18, and weekly to Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) between November 30 and March 22.

Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific has announced a new seasonal service between Barcelona and Hong Kong, the first direct non-stop route between the two destinations.

The four-times-weekly service will launch on July 2 and run until October 27, joining the carrier’s existing route between Hong Kong and Madrid, which launched in June last year.


Flybe is to  launch its first services from London Heathrow this spring, with two new routes to Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

The carrier’s Heathrow services will operate from Terminal 2, and the airline will be aiming to capture a share of the transfer market to and from the airport, with what it calls its “One Stop to the World” connectivity with codeshare and interline partners including Virgin and Singapore Airlines.

Flights will commence on March 26, 2017, with fares from £39.99 one way.

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways has announced it will start daily non-stop flights between Doha and Dublin from June 12, 2017.

Served by a B787 Dreamliner, the flight will have 22 business class seats laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration and 232 economy seats in 3-3-3 layout.

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic has announced a third daily service between London Heathrow and Los Angeles, commencing at the start of May 2017.

The additional frequency will depart Heathrow at 1300, landing into Los Angeles at 1610, with the return leg leaving the US city at 1830 and arriving back into London at 1255 the following day.

Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus has announced a new transatlantic route and extra flights on existing routes.

From  September 1 the airline will start a three-times weekly service to Miami on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The carrier will also increase its Los Angeles flight to a daily service from summer 2017, while Dublin to Orlando will increase to four times per week, and Chicago will increase to a double daily service in the same period.

Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook is to launch a new route from Manchester to San Francisco in May this year.

The twice weekly service will depart Manchester on Thursdays and Sundays from May 14, 2017, with return economy tickets starting from £489.98 and Premium fares from £689.98.

By Mark Caswell