Jet2 will launch of new transatlantic services from northern UK
The low cost airline is running a handful of direct flights and package holidays to the US next spring, flying from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle airports to New York, and from Leeds Bradford and Glasgow to Boston.
It will also be provide a service from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle to the Canadian city of Toronto.
Although only six flights are scheduled, the airline said it would consider introducing the services on a permanent basis should demand warrant it.
The airline has visited North America before, briefly running a service to New York last November, but Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com, said the announcement marked a “milestone”.
No airlines currently fly direct from Glasgow, Leeds Bradford or Newcastle to North America. Travellers in Scotland and the north of England must fly via London (paying Air Passenger Duty twice), or rely on limited services from Manchester.
New York – three-night Easter breaks departing from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle airport on April 17.
Boston – four-night break from Glasgow for St Patrick’s Weekend, departing on March 14, and a three-night break from Leeds Bradford departing on April 3.
Toronto – three-night break departing on April 10 from Leeds Bradford and Newcastle, reported by the telegraph.co.uk