American Airlines announced today that it will expand its international presence in New York this spring with three new routes between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and San Jose, Costa Rica; Madrid, Spain; and Manchester, England. The new flights to San Jose will begin on April 6, while service to Madrid will start on May 1, and flights to Manchester will begin on May 13.
The enhanced schedule brings the number of international destinations American serves from New York to 31 – nine cities in Europe; 18 destinations in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Latin American regions; three in Canada; and American’s daily nonstop flight to Tokyo. With connecting flights out of New York, plus cities accessed through American’s oneworld® Alliance partners, customers can book a trip on American from New York that will take them to literally hundreds of locations worldwide.
“New Yorkers are international travelers – whether for business or leisure travel – and we’re excited to add these three great destinations to our schedule,” said Jim Carter, American’s vice president – Eastern Sales Division. “These new flights are perfect additions to our sparkling, state-of-the-art JFK Terminal – a major international gateway that provides best-in-class service and amenities for our premium and coach customers from our New York hub.”
The new San Jose flight, Flight 611, will depart five times a week from JFK, every day except Friday and Sunday. American will fly its Boeing 757 aircraft with 16 seats in Business Class and 166 seats in the Coach cabin on the route.
Allan Flores, minister of tourism for Costa Rica, said, “American Airlines has a long history in Costa Rica, and they have served our country for more than 20 years. Air service is critical for the development of our tourism industry. We are pleased with the addition of New York service due the importance of this market and look forward to welcoming visitors from New York on American Airlines to our beautiful and unspoiled country, excellent climate, and warm friendly people.”
The Madrid flight will depart daily from JFK. It will also utilize a Boeing 757 aircraft with 16 seats in Business Class and 166 seats in the Coach cabin.
Angeles Alarco Canosa, chief executive officer of Tourism Madrid, said, “It is great news that American Airlines has decided to launch a new connection between Madrid and New York, forming a new bridge between two great cosmopolitan dynamic regions. The new route will help New Yorkers get to know Madrid’s gastronomy, which includes the best of Spanish and international cuisine, its richness in culture and museums, its more than 450 performing arts attractions, as well as its amazing hotels and shopping opportunities. Madrid has also established an excellent reputation as a host for every conceivable type of business event. At the same time the new route will open up additional opportunities for Madridians and other Spaniards to discover all the great things the Big Apple has to offer.”
The Manchester flight will depart daily from JFK. It, too, will utilize a Boeing 757 aircraft.
Andrew Stokes, chief executive of marketing Manchester, said, “We’re delighted that American Airlines is increasing its operation into Manchester. We welcome the opportunity to work with them on promoting Manchester to the New York market. As the gateway to the North of England, Manchester offers people from the US the chance to experience not only our great city, but also the sights of the Lake District National Park, Liverpool, and the Roman city of Chester – all of which are within easy reach of Manchester. The new route will also support the business community that travels frequently between Manchester and the US, in particular, international delegates attending conferences and exhibitions at our convention centers.”