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New routes provide passengers with easier travel across the Atlantic and without the headache of connections to exciting destinations that would have required a stop (or two) in the past. US carriers like United Airlines and Delta Air Lines have added many new direct flights in the past few years (especially United who has beefed up nonstop service to many vacation destinations in Europe). Several international airlines commenced new service this month with nonstop flights to Europe and Africa.
Air Serbia Launches Belgrade to Chicago
The Serbian flag carrier began service between Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) on May 17th. The flights will be three times weekly on an Airbus A330-200. We flew Air Serbia within Europe a few years ago and the service and flight were great. We were the only ones in the Business Class cabin and felt like we had our own plane when the curtain was pulled. Serbia is not high on many travelers’ wishlists, but it should be as Belgrade is a cosmopolitan city and it costs less than many of the major tourist draws like Paris or Rome. (Photo Credit: O’Hare International Airport.)
Aer Lingus Connects Dublin and Cleveland
Cleveland doesn’t get as much international love as it used to when it was a Continental hub. After United merged with Continental, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) lost its hub status in 2014 and flights ceased to places like London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG). There are currently three international flights to Cancun International Airport (CUN), Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS), and Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ). The new Dublin Airport (DUB) service began on May 19th and will be the only flight to Europe. It will run four times weekly on an Airbus A321LR.
Ethiopian Airlines Begins Serving Atlanta
Ethiopian Airlines is Africa’s largest carrier. It began service between Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) on May 16th. The flights will operate four times weekly on a Boeing 787-9. Flights to Addis Ababa will have a tech stop in Dublin and return flights will be nonstop. Addis Ababa’s high altitude limits take-off performance and this happens on many routes. This will not be a fifth-freedom route, so you cannot just book Atlanta to Dublin. (Photo Credit: Ethiopian Airlines.)
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Anthony’s Take: I love that Air Serbia now has nonstop flights to Belgrade and I hope to visit there again. Choices are always a good thing and I hope more international carriers add additional destinations in the future.
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