Forest City fliers will soon have a new line to New York.
The London International Airport announced Monday (July 14) two new daily return flights to Newark Liberty International Airport, just a half-hour from Manhattan, would start on Oct. 26.
The 90-minute flight time means day-trips to the Big Apple for business are now possible according to an excited Michael Seabrook, airport CEO, who adds the Newark airport is an important hub to the rest of the Eastern Seaboard and Europe.
When service launches two flights will depart London daily:
6:01 a.m., arriving in Newark at 7:30 a.m.
4:39 p.m., arriving in Newark at 6:08 p.m.
Two flights depart Newark daily:
2:30 p.m., arriving in London at 4:04 p.m.
7:39 p.m., arriving in London at 10:13 p.m.
United Express regional partner ExpressJet will operate the flights using 50-seat regional jet aircraft.
According to airport business development officer Brad Rice, travellers often prefer Newark Liberty International Airport to LaGuardia or JFK airports because of its modern terminal and faster access to downtown New York City.
Research commissioned by the London International Airport in 2013 showed passengers loved the convenience of their local airport, especially compared with the time and hassle of driving to Toronto or Detroit.
Being able to be home just minutes after landing, even from an international trip or vacation, was also high on their list of praise.
Mayor Joni Baechler praised the new connection at the airport.
“Accessible, quick, easy transportation by air is a vital consideration for anyone in today’s world economy.”
That includes companies looking for a home according to London Economic Development Corp. CEO Kapil Lakohtia.
“The airport’s growing list of direct and connecting flights provide easy access to customers, suppliers and global business networks,” he said in a press release.
The Greater London International Airport Authority (GLIAA) currently handles nearly 500,000 passengers annually with flights to Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, Chicago, vacation charters to Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Florida, and cruise connections to Fort Lauderdale and Miami.