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New Nonstops to Iceland and Japan Are Just Some of This Week's New Routes

September 16, 2011 at 8:54 AM | by | Comment (1)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Icelandair:
The United Kingdom and Ireland aren’t the only island nations in Europe, so don’t forget to give Iceland a chance when thinking about your next trip. To make things easier on you, Icelandair is planning nonstop service between Denver and Reykjavik beginning next May.

The flights do their thing four times a week all year long. Also, if these Icelandair flights are similar to other ones, they’ll even allow you to work in a stopover in Iceland before you head off to somewhere else in Europe. Fares are as low as $489 roundtrip between the two cities, but of course that’s before some of those pesky fees and taxes.

· United:
As if there aren’t enough nonstop options out of Newark already, United is planning on adding one more. After the holidays, there will be a new earlier flight linking Newark and Frankfurt—it’s technically still a Continental flight just so you know. This is the second daily flight between the two cities, and the new early bird flight will be operated on one of the airline’s not-as-comfy Boeing 757s beginning in January. If you’re looking for the wide body experience when crossing over the Atlantic, stick to the later flight, as it’s a Boeing 777 on that one.

· Porter Airlines:
Opportunities for a little extra sunshine—and golf—are possible a little bit longer this year thanks to Porter Airlines. The little airline that could already offered nonstop flights between Toronto’s City Airport and Myrtle Beach, but this year it looks like the flights will linger on a little longer. The flights will now continue through November 20, so there’s a little extra time to sneak away in the fall. Expect Porter’s signature service on this route including lounge access for all when departing Toronto, as well as plenty of free drinks—including booze—and snacks once you’re at cruising altitude.

· Hawaiian Airlines:
They’re still waiting on the formal okay from the Japanese government, but it sounds like Hawaiian Airlines is almost ready to go with its latest new route. The carrier is looking to link Honolulu with Fukuoka beginning on April 16 of next year. This is the airline’s third flight to and from Japan which is good news for those looking for a little fun in the sun. The flight is scheduled to run all year long, and they’ll be using a Boeing 767 the route before eventually switching over to one of their new Airbus A330s.

· Delta:
Last but not least we’ve got some exciting regional jet service, and of course this is especially exciting if you happen to call Tupelo, Mississippi home. Delta is bringing jet service to the Tupelo to Memphis routes, as they’re planning to ditch the Saab turbo prop options that currently serve this route. As of now Delta is planning to continue the nonstop jet flights between the two cities until at least summer of next year. Of course you’re going to need to connect to get somewhere a little more exotic than Memphis, but we’re not ones to complain over any sort of new route or new service option.

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