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A series of new transatlantic flight routes between the US and Europe are set to launch this year, as demand for the journey across the pond looks set to rival 2019's figures.

With restrictions across the world easing and vaccination levels high, travelers on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean look set to spread their wings far and wide, making the most of the travel opportunities that they have been deprived of for the better part of the last two years. 

This week's news of new routes across the Atlantic are just some of many similar routes across the pond that have been announced over the past few months after it became apparent that such trips would be a possibility once more. Here's a look at the latest routes to be added to the transatlantic collection, and how the demand could be set to reach pre-pandemic levels once more. 

New Transatlantic Routes Launching – What Travelers Should Know

Despite Spain not being quite as forthcoming with the easing of its restrictions as some of its fellow European nations, it's still possible to visit the country – and doing so is about to get easier. Low-cost, long-haul airline Level is launching a few new routes that will connect Spain with the US, as well as restarting several of its seasonal routes – giving travelers several options when it comes to visiting the Iberian peninsula this summer. 

In total, there are two new routes that will be served by the low-cost airline, whilst two existing routes will be restored. Level will fly a new route from Barcelona to Los Angeles three times a week, with that frequency set to rise to four flights per week from June 1st. The second new route the airline will fly is Barcelona to Boston, which is set to launch on May 1st. 

The existing routes set to be brought back by Level are Barcelona to San Francisco and Barcelona to New York. Flights to San Francisco will occur four times a week, whilst the Barcelona-New York flights have been back since February 22nd. By restoring and establishing these routes, Level will become the only airline that connects Barcelona with Los Angeles and San Francisco via direct flights.

Flights to Spain aren't the only transatlantic flights that have been announced recently – those looking to fly further afield can benefit from a new connection between the US and Turkey. Turkish Airlines have established a new route that will connect Seattle (SEA) with Istanbul (IST). The route is set to start from May 26th, and will be a 4x weekly service using a Boeing 787-9.

The route will also see Seattle become Turkish Airlines' 12th destination in the US. The 11 other US airports serviced by Turkish Airlines are as follows: 

Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Houston Intercontinental (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York Kennedy (JFK), Newark (EWR), San Francisco SFO) and Washington Dulles (IAD).

The addition of so many new routes across the Atlantic over the past few months stems from an increasing level of demand. Air France alone is set to operate almost 200 weekly flights to 14 destinations across the US this summer – which is 20% more than it did last year. The airline also made the decision to resume some of its routes to the US recently, which included flights between Paris Charles de​ ​Gaulle and New York, Dallas/Fort Worth and Denver. 

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Tuesday 5th of April 2022

Low cost airline Level? SFO to El Prat is $565... far away from Norwegian's direct service from Oak to London or Madrid for $150. I do recall flying Level CA-Spain for around maybe $200 or so. We'll see if there's enough demand to keep the prices so high... Thanks for all the info!