American Airlines to launch New York route
Birmingham Airport is launching daily direct flights to New York next year in partnership with American Airlines.
The route, starting from 8 May 2015, will provide almost 100,000 seats between and the airport and JFK.
Through the American Airlines and British Airways joint business and oneworld airline alliance, it will offer a British Airways code share, allowing customers to earn and redeem BA air miles and Avios points.
Birmingham Airport chief executive Paul Kehoe said: "This new route will not only create more capacity to this vibrant US business and tourist destination, it will also broaden connectivity and choice from the Midlands with American Airlines across North America and Canada and see the return of a British Airways flight code to Birmingham.
"Last year, the West Midlands exported £4.5bn worth of goods to North America and has the largest trade surplus with North America of any UK region, and with global brands such as JLR, JCB, Cadbury and Kraft trading both locally and in the US, this is an important link for Midlands' business.
"The region is also a major tourist destination for Americans, with attractions such as Stratford, Warwick and Birmingham drawing in thousands of visitors every year, so we look forward to welcoming many of these tourists into Birmingham next summer and thank the team at American Airlines for recognising the region's vast market opportunities."
The American Airlines flight will operate daily, arriving from JFK into Birmingham at 7:10am local UK time. It will depart for its return leg at 10am, arriving into New York JFK at 12:55 local US time.
The flights will be operated by a Boeing 757 aircraft with 22 business class seats and 160 main cabin seats.
"Adding Birmingham to American’s growing global network is an exciting development," said Suzanne Boda, American's senior vice president for Asia, Canada and Europe.
"Tourists from the US will have closer access to a wide range of attractions in the Midlands while business travellers will also be rewarded with greater choice when flying across the Atlantic.
"We look forward to starting this new route in 2015 and I’m confident of its success."