US carriers will offer more transatlantic flights from the UK regions this summer.
As already noted (see Online news, March 2) Delta will launch a daily non-stop B767 service from Edinburgh to Atlanta on June 6. Now comes news that American will re-instate its daily B767 summer-time link between Glasgow and Chicago on May 2. Besides being destinations in their own right both Atlanta and Chicago are mammoth hubs which provide connections to many dozens of onward destinations.
Continental, which offers more direct services by B757 from the regions than any other carrier, is boosting flight frequency to its hub at New York (Newark).Last March it upgraded its flights from Bristol and Belfast from a five times a week to a daily service. Next month it will add extra flights from Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
From May 4 Edinburgh will be served by 11 flights a week while Glasgow will go up to 10 flights a week from May 6. Both Scottish cities currently have a single daily service.
Also on May 6, Continental will begin operating twice daily with B757s to Manchester in place of today's single service by B777. Finally on May 29, the carrier will increase the number of weekly flights from Birmingham to New York from seven to 10.
Report by Alex McWhirter