If you're looking to fly away to pastures new in 2019, we have compiled a list of the most exciting new flight routes from around the world to give you some inspiration. While some are opening up new destinations previously hard to reach, others are creating the opportunity for some cool combos or stopovers. It's safe to say we're quite excited about all these new possibilities...
Norwegian Airlines have expanded their domestic network in Argentina, making it easy to travel on from Buenos Aires to explore more of the country. Launched in October 2018, travellers can now connect from Buenos Aires flight onto Córdoba, Mendoza, Iguazú, Salta and more, making it much easier to explore in one trip the buzzing city of Buenos Aires, the beautiful vineyards around Mendoza, the colonial city of Salta, and the magnificent Iguazú Falls.
From spring 2019 Finnair will be running direct flights three times a week from Los Angeles to Helsinki, which will take around eleven hours. For families, we can arrange exclusive Christmas experiences in Finnish Lapland, such as a private meeting with Santa Claus; we can arrange for your children's letters to him to be waiting on arrival, as well as any presents you might like to give them. We can also organise husky sledding, sleigh rides, ice driving and much more, including tours in search of the Northern Lights with an expert photographer.
American Airlines are launching new direct flights from Philadelphia to Bologna from the beginning of June 2019, which will run throughout the summer until the end of September. While Bologna is perhaps the quieter side of Italy, it is renowned for being the country's foodie capital, and that's a big accolade in these parts. Bologna also gives great access to Florence and the whole of Tuscany to the south, and Venice to the north.
American Airlines are also launching a new summer route from Philadelphia to Dubrovnik, which can be used as a starting point to explore Croatia and Montenegro. The city of Dubrovnik is itself a UNESCO World Heritage site and is famously used as a filming site for Game of Thrones, so any avid fans might be able to spot a few familiar sites. From here you could then go on to explore some of the islands off the coast by boat.
Since October 2018, Kenya Airways has been running daily direct flights from New York to Nairobi which, at nearly 15 hours in the air, took the record of their longest flight route when it was launched. They are the only airline to connect East Africa with New York on a direct flight, opening up an entire region of possibilities. Make the most of this route by combining a safari in the Masai Mara or Laikipia with time on the Kenyan coast, or head slightly further afield for some island bliss in the Seychelles.
Singapore Airlines are launching a new direct route from Seattle to Singapore from 3 September 2019, which will be great for those wanting to make use of the regional routes on from Singapore to Indonesia. This will make the journey to some of the more remote and lesser visited islands much easier. From Singapore there is also great connectivity to the rest of Southeast Asia, and further afield to Australasia - the possibilities are extensive.
In November 2018 Air New Zealand launched the first ever direct flight from the Midwest to Australasia, with their Chicago to Auckland route. This was also the airline's longest non-stop flight, clocking in at around 15-16 hours. Auckland is the perfect starting point to a New Zealand itinerary, and from here you can continue to explore the North Island, and then hop over to the South Island, known to be the adventure capital of New Zealand for its bungee jumps, sky dives and dramatic landscapes.