New York JFK flights launched from Birmingham

AMERICAN Airlines has launched daily direct flights between Birmingham Airport and New York John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK).

The daily flight – which commenced on Friday – will arrive from JFK into Birmingham at 0700. It will depart for its return leg at 0900, arriving into New York JFK at 11.55 local time.

The service will be operated by a Boeing 757 aircraft with 16 business and 160 economy seats.

David Winstanley, chief operating officer for Birmingham Airport said: “We warmly welcome today’s new American Airlines daily service between Birmingham and New York JFK as it provides more choice for people wanting to access this vibrant US destination and has created almost 100,000 extra seats between the two cities.

“American Airlines’ strong route network from JFK also broadens onward connectivity across the Americas and Canada, including nearly hourly connections to LA, San Francisco and Orlando, and international flights down to Buenos Aires, San Paulo and Rio, as well as up to Toronto and Montreal.”

Last year, American tourists spent around £40m in Birmingham and the Midlands exported £4.8bn to North America, giving a trade surplus of £2.9bn; the largest of any UK region.

Winstanley added: “This service will not only help to build on the region’s success in attracting trading with America, but with so many wonderful places on our doorstep such as Stratford-up-Avon, Warwick and the Cotswolds, we’re confident that this new flight will draw in even more tourists and business to the region.”

Helen Grice, manager at the British American Business Council for the Midlands, said: “The USA is the world’s largest and most competitive economy in the world, it is also the UK’s top export destination. 

“The extra flights will benefit our 2,000 members as well as the region’s businesses by increasing opportunities for trade and providing more choice when flying to and from the US.”