In recent years, new and growing aviation hubs west of the UK have offered new one-stop connections to new destinations in the United States. Aer Lingus launched Hartford from Dublin last year. And today, the Icelandic based airline Wow air has announced four new routes to the US from its hub rapidly growing in Reykjavík.
These are Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit and St Louis. All, apart from Detroit, are (for now, at least) not served by direct flights from London.
Virgin Atlantic has announced a significant over-haul of its network, suspending a number of non-US routes. Mumbai & Tokyo are suspended from 31 January 2015. Seasonal flights to Vancouver & Cape Town are suspended from 11 October 2014 and 26 April 2015.
As expected, following Delta’s acquisition of a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic from Singapore Airlines, Delta and Virgin Atlantic have applied for anti-trust immunity for transatlantic flights from London Heathrow.
Delta will continue to operate a joint-venture with Air France-KLM for transatlantic flights to points beyond London Heathrow.