41 airports in the US are planning nonstop scheduled passenger flights to Europe in 2024. This will increase competition across the North Atlantic and diversify travel options between the US and Europe. However, there are as many losers as there are winners. In recent years, many US airports have had to cancel or reduce their flights to Europe. In this article, we will examine which of these airports they are, why they are in this situation and what might happen in the future.
Among the airports losing flights to Europe is Fairbanks International Airport in Fairbanks, Alaska. The airport lost its only connection to Europe in 2023 after German airline Condor stopped its summer season flights to Frankfurt. Condor had been flying to Fairbanks twice a week since 2013 and the route was popular with European tourists wanting to see Alaska’s natural beauty and wildlife. However, Condor was forced to cancel its flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic and does not plan to resume them in 2024.
One of the airports losing flights to Europe is Indianapolis International Airport in Indianapolis, the capital of Indiana. This airport was directly connected to Europe in 2018 when Delta Airlines launched flights to Paris. However, these flights attracted very few passengers and Delta stopped flights in 2020. British Airways applied for slots to fly to London in 2022, but was denied. This has dampened Indianapolis’ hopes of regaining its flights to Europe.
Flights to Europe are both an opportunity and a challenge for airports in the US. Some airports are strengthening their connections to Europe with new flights, while others are losing old flights. This affects airports’ competitiveness, revenues and prestige. It is also unclear how travel demand between the US and Europe will change after the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, airports in the US must develop strategies and adapt to retain or win European flights.