Stansted set to strengthen US links

STANSTED airport is strengthening its American links as two new transatlantic services come on line for both business and economy passengers.Airline giants American Airlines have announced the start date for a second daily Stansted to New York service, which will give its business and economy class passengers a choice of two daily services from next April.

STANSTED airport is strengthening its American links as two new transatlantic services come on line for both business and economy passengers.

Airline giants American Airlines have announced the start date for a second daily Stansted to New York service, which will give its business and economy class passengers a choice of two daily services from next April.

At the same time, Stansted is set to welcome its first direct link to California as all-business class carriers Maxjet prepare to launch a service to Los Angeles on Thursday .

Maxjet is also planning to boost its Las Vegas flights with the introduction of a new Sunday service this weekend , while Eos Airlines are set to increase their New York schedule to 40 flights a week from September 9.

American Airlines has already announced initial plans for a new service between Stansted and JFK starting on October 29, heralding the return of economy flights between Stansted and New York after a number of years.

It is now set to boost its offering with a second daily service starting on April 8, 2008 which will give passengers a choice of a morning or late afternoon departure from Stansted and an early or late evening return flight from New York.

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Craig Kreeger, American's senior international vice president, said the response to their initial announcement had been “very positive” and the second daily service would give customers more choice and flexibility.

Since opening reservations for its London Stansted services in July, American has received a lot of interest from customers who want to begin their journey to New York from Stansted, but returning via Heathrow, and vice versa.

“This is proving popular with business travellers for whom one London airport is convenient for their office but another for their home,” said Mr Kreeger.

Stansted has welcomed the new services.

“Maxjet has enjoyed tremendous success with its flights linking Stansted to New York JFK, Washington DC and Las Vegas, and this new connection to LA is set to be just as popular, said Nick Barton, business development and planning director at Stansted Airport.

“Heathrow is the only other UK airport with direct flights to LA, so this new non-stop link is one we're delighted to welcome to our growing route network to the United States from Stansted.

“And this isn't only great news for leisure passengers as the service will also be a key business link between the Silicon Fen and hi-tech industries around Cambridge and the famous Silicon Valley of California.”