This November, 44 airports across the USA and Canada have nonstop flights to Europe, with 41 European airports served. It involves 40 airlines, and those without traffic rights, such as Biman Bangladesh on Dhaka-Istanbul Airport-Toronto, aren’t included.

US/Canada to Europe: November 2022

There are 12,254 nonstop flights between the US and Canada and Europe this month, according to the latest Cirium data. Each day has between 355 and 435, with up to 117,000 seats for sale in each direction on one day. That’s a massive volume in itself, although lower than the preceding months as airlines switched to winter schedules as demand reduces.

As shown below, United has nearly 6% more Europe services than it did in pre-pandemic November 2019, a significant increase, especially when compared with BA and American. Indeed, BA’s reduction has pushed it from the second to third spot. Turkish Airlines is in the top ten, up from 11th before, replacing KLM. Air France’s big flight increase has seen it jump from three places to fifth, from making Dallas year-round and big growth to JFK, Los Angeles, and Miami.

Rank Airline November 2022 flights November 2019 November 2022 routes November 2019
1 United 1,676 1,597 44 44
2 Delta 1,501 1,360 44 43
3 British Airways 1,307 1,422 31 31
4 American 1,027 1,137 30 30
5 Air France 683 575 15 15
6 Lufthansa 661 929 27 32
7 Air Canada 641 678 27 27
8 Virgin Atlantic 560 641 15 15
9 Aer Lingus 503 492 16 16
10 Turkish Airlines 433 328 15 11

United cements pole position

As you can see, United’s increase isn’t from route network growth this month. Yes, Boston-Heathrow was reintroduced after a long absence, and Chicago-Zurich and Denver-Munich launched; all started in April 2022.

But there’s no more Newark-Manchester or Washington Dulles to Amsterdam (returns in February) and Rome (returns in March). Over half of United’s growth is attributable to one route: a higher frequency between Newark and Heathrow (6x daily rather than 3x to 4x daily).

United Airlines Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner N13013 Vincenzo Pace

Photo: Vincenzo Pace I Simple Flying.

44 US/Canada airports to Europe

The following map shows all 44 airports. It’s obvious which airports have the most flights. New York JFK is first, followed by Newark, Chicago O’Hare, Boston, Toronto, Miami, Washington Dulles, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and San Francisco. More interesting, perhaps, are those with far fewer services.

At the other end of the scale are, in descending order, Melbourne, San Jose, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Edmonton, New Orleans, St Louis, Fort Lauderdale, Québec City, and – in last place – Fort Myers. The Florida airport has two remaining Eurowings Discover A330-300 flights from Frankfurt (November 1st and 5th). It’ll return in mid-December.

Second to last, Québec City had no Europe flights in November 2019. In fact, Cirium shows that it hasn’t had November flights since 2011. Not that it has many now: just four, with Air Transat running Paris CDG on Fridays utilizing A321LRs.

US and Canada airports with nonstop flights to Europe in November 2022

Image: GCMap.

All change

Halifax, Melbourne, Stewart, Quebec City, and St Louis now have Europe flights but didn’t in November 2019. In contrast, Hartford, Indianapolis, Ottawa, and Sanford (replaced by Melbourne) no longer do.

However, Aer Lingus is bringing back Dublin-Hartford next year. Air Canada may resume Ottawa-London/Frankfurt when it gets A321XLRs, and BA had slots for Indianapolis but didn’t take it up.

Lufthansa St Louis

Photo: David Carson. 

41 European airports

A map of the 41 is provided below. In Europe, it’s predictable that London Heathrow, Paris CDG, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Dublin, Munich, Istanbul, Keflavik, Madrid, and Zurich have more US/Canada flights than any other.

Istanbul has risen from 11th to seven, a significant improvement, offset by the decline of London Gatwick in particular. from the exit of Norwegian. It was eighth but is now 13th, although Norse Atlantic UK will be growing, at least when it has shored itself up, and Gatwick-New York will have more flights next year than in the past 15 years.

European airports with nonstop flights to the US and Canada in November 2022

Image: GCMap.

Ups and downs

Budapest, Düsseldorf, Moscow Sheremetyevo (for an obvious reason), Kyiv Boryspil (similarly obvious), and Stuttgart all had US/Canada flights in November 2019 but no longer do. Jet2 also had Chrstimas shopping one-offs from East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, and Newcastle to Newark.

LOT Polish is due to run Budapest-JFK next June-August (3x weekly), while Delta will resume Atlanta-Stuttgart from March (4x weekly), and Atlanta-Düsseldorf from May (3x weekly). The return of Ukraine depends on the war.

Because Air Transat has made Toronto to Faro fully year-round, it has a Wednesday service this November by the A321LR. And from Funchal, Madeira, Azores Airlines has a Friday A321neo flight to JFK, a route it launched late last year.

Will you be flying across the North Atlantic this month? If so, to and from where? Let us know in the comments.


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