London-New York is regularly cited among the world’s most lucrative air routes, with Heathrow-JFK reportedly becoming the first billion-dollar route in 2019.
With Delta recently having relaunched flights between JFK and Gatwick, we round-up the airlines currently operating between London and New York’s two busiest airports – JFK and Newark.
AA operates a year-round service between New York JFK and London Heathrow, and recently unveiled its revamped JFK Terminal 8 facilities in conjunction with transatlantic joint business partner British Airways.
In March of this year the carrier also reopened its first class lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3, after a three-year closure due to Covid-19.
BA flies from both Gatwick and Heathrow to JFK, and in December the airline moved operations into JFK Terminal 8 to co-locate with American Airlines (see above).
Last month the two carriers opened the Bridge Bar within the recently-opened Greenwich Lounge at the terminal, inspired by the Golden Age of Travel, with “a rich and sophisticated take on mid-century modern design with a classic 1960’s feel”.
British Airways also flies from Heathrow to New York’s Newark Liberty International, and last year added a daylight London-bound service on the route.
Delta relaunched flights between JFK and Gatwick in April 2023, a route it has not operated since 2008.
The daily service complements the carrier’s existing route to Heathrow, and coincides with the 45th anniversary of Delta flights between the US and UK.
JetBlue launched its first transatlantic services between New York JFK and London Heathrow in August 2021, followed soon after by flights between JFK and Gatwick.
The airline currently offers three flights per day between New York and London, having recently added a daytime flight between JFK and Heathrow for summer 2023.
Norse Atlantic Airways
The newest entrant between JFK and London, Norse launched flights from Gatwick in August 2022.
The carrier serves the daily route with Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft configured with 282 seats in economy and 56 in Premium. For our Tried and Tested review of the inaugural service, see:
United is the only carrier on this list not to serve London from New York JFK – but the airline does operate up to seven daily flights between Newark and London Heathrow.
Virgin Atlantic operates daily flights between London Heathrow and New York JFK.
The carrier had planned to relaunch flights between Gatwick and JFK in May 2020, but the onset of Covid-19 led to Virgin closing its operations at the south London airport.