6 Exciting International Airline Routes Launching in 2022

Given the island’s laid-back vibe, one of the best things to do in Anguilla is relaxing on the island’s 33 beautiful beaches. Shoal Bay East, which continuously ranks among the world’s best beaches, offers two miles of pristine sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters. A coveted honeymoon destination, the island is dotted with boutique luxury resorts like Zemi Beach House, Belmond Cap Juluca, and Malliouhana.

Newark to Milan in all business class

Building upon its new one-stop route from Newark to Tel Aviv, French boutique carrier La Compagnie is starting a new service on April 13, from Newark to Milan, Italy. Operating four times per week, the all-business class airline will provide a high-end flight option in the highly competitive route between the New York metropolitan area and Milan.

While onboard the company’s Airbus A321neo aircraft, travelers can enjoy one of 76 full-flat seats, four-course menus, and bread from Maison Kayser boulangerie. As part of its “Relax Onboard” program, the airline has partnered with Petit BamBou to offer meditation programs via its in-flight entertainment system.

First nonstops from New York to the Azores

On March 31, Azores Airlines will launch a new service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Ponta Delgada, the capital city of Portugal’s Azores islands. Starting May 13, United Airlines will also launch service from Newark (EWR) to Ponta Delgada.

Reachable from the East Coast of the US in under six hours, this island archipelago is blessed with unique flora and fauna, active volcanoes, and crater lakes, such as Lagoa do Fogo on São Miguel island. The islands’ culinary specialties include black sausage, cha verde (green tea), and cozido das furnas (meat and vegetable stew) as well as volcanic wine produced from Arinto dos Açores, an indigenous grape varietal grown in volcanic basalt on the coast of the island of Pico.

Regular routes to the Caribbean’s natural wonders

In December 2021, American Airlines began the first regularly scheduled direct flight from the US to Dominica. Dubbed the “Nature Island of the Caribbean,” the lush, unspoiled beauty of Dominica—the youngest island in the Lesser Antilles—isn’t found anywhere else in the Caribbean.

Soak up the island’s natural scenery at Morne Trois Pitons National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 17,000-acre park contains five volcanoes, numerous hiking trails, and Boiling Lake, the world’s second-largest hot springs. For a luxury stay overlooking Douglas Bay, head to the Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski, the island’s first five-star resort, which opened in 2019.

Historic flights from San Francisco to Vietnam

Vietnam Airlines, the flagship carrier of Vietnam, began the first nonstop service between the US and Vietnam on November 28, 2021. The service operates twice a week from San Francisco to Ho Chi Minh City, but the airline plans to expand the route to seven flights per week after the pandemic subsidies.

“The new airline route offers a chance for Americans to consider a destination they may not have thought of visiting,” says Wilson, who was forced to cancel a trip to Vietnam at the onset of the pandemic and notes that this new flight will allow her and other travelers to get there faster.

Vietnam’s largest city is a constant hub of activity—a big reason is the nearly two million scooters, mopeds, and motorcycles occupying the city’s streets. If navigating around scooters isn’t enough of an adventure, travelers can visit areas like the labyrinthine Binh Thanh district to try some of the best street food, not only in Vietnam but the world.

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