The number of flights between the UK and US today (July 4) are expected to exceed the same day in 2019, according to data from aviation analytics firm Cirium.

A total of 152 transatlantic flights are scheduled to depart the UK for the US this Independence Day, compared to 145 on July 4, 2019.

The figure is also significantly up on the total UK-US on Independence Day in 2022 (126 departures) and 2021 (33 departures).

Cirium also said that 4,658 flights are scheduled to depart the UK for the US during July, again exceeding 2019 levels when there were 4,603 departures.

Unsurprisingly Heathrow has the lion’s share of these (82 per cent), followed by Gatwick (8 per cent), Edinburgh (5 per cent) and Manchester (4 per cent). A total of nine UK airports will operate nonstop flights to the US this month.

New York JFK remains the most popular US destination by scheduled flights, followed by LA, Newark, Boston and Chicago. For our recent look at airlines flying between London and New York, see:

Airlines flying between London and New York

And in terms of individual airlines British Airways will operate the highest share of flights between the UK and US (30 per cent), followed by American Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic (17 per cent each) and Delta (10 per cent).

In May Cirium published analysis showing that global airline passenger traffic could surpass 2019 levels before the end of the year

At the time Rob Morris, global head of consultancy at Ascend by Cirium said that March data indicates a return to growth of global traffic in RPK (revenue passenger kilometres) terms to pre-Covid levels could occur as soon as September.

Global airline passenger traffic could reach pre-Covid levels by September