If someone tells you they love layovers, for any reason, they’re lying. Between disembarking and running around in yet another airport to find your gate, layovers cost several hours of your vacation without offering any benefits — unless you’re really craving airport fast food. That’s why direct flights are a hot commodity, and often in shorter supply than we’d like. Thankfully, as travel ramps back up and demand for long-haul flights continues to rise, several airlines are offering new direct routes to some very desirable international destinations. Here are seven new direct flights from the US starting in 2022.
1. Direct flight from Washington DC to Amman, Jordan
Starting May 5, 2022, United Airlines will begin offering nonstop service between Washington DC’s Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Amman, Jordan (AMM). Direct flights will operate three times per week aboard a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, and the route will make United the only US carrier offering direct service to Jordan. The route will also go a long way toward making the broader Middle East region more conveniently accessible to US travelers.
2. Direct flight from Newark to Bergen, Norway
While reaching Norway’s capital of Oslo is relatively easy for US travelers, getting to Bergen (BGO) has been more difficult. Bergen is Norway’s picturesque second city, located on a fjord on Norway’s west coast and surrounded by mountains. United Airlines’ direct service there from Newark (EWR), starting on May 20, 2022, will open up the west coast of Norway to many US travelers. Direct flights will be available three times a week aboard the airline’s Boeing 757-200.
3. Direct flight from New York City to Doha, Qatar
Just in time for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, American Airlines is launching a new direct route from New York (JFK) to Doha, Qatar (DOH) this year. It will make American the first US airline to serve Qatar. Clocking in at just over 12 hours, the direct flight will further expand travelers’ access to the Middle East, particularly to a region that may soon rise in popularity as the World Cup draws closer.
4. Direct flight from Dallas to Helsinki, Finland
Next time you’re in Texas and get a burning urge to visit Northern Europe, it’ll be easier than ever. On February 6, 2022, Finnair is launching a new nonstop service between Dallas (DFW) and Helsinki (HEL), connecting American Airlines’ biggest hub with Finnair’s hub in Finland’s capital. The direct flight, which is just over 10 hours, will be operated by Finnair’s A350-900 aircraft four times per week.
5. Direct flight from Los Angeles to Paris, France
Paris is always a good idea, but it’s an even better idea when you eliminate the layovers. Starting April 30, 2022, travelers will be able to fly nonstop from Los Angeles (LAX) to Paris (ORY) courtesy of French Bee. The direct flight will operate four times per week, increasing to six times per week in July. French Bee also has a new interline agreement with Alaska Airlines, meaning connections will be available from other West Coast cities, making a Paris trip even more convenient.
6. Direct flights from Boston to Athens, Greece and Tel Aviv, Israel
Starting May 27, 2022, Delta will offer nonstop flights from Boston (BOS) to Athens, Greece (ATH). The 10-hour direct flight will make Delta the only carrier offering service between Boston and Greece, and it will be available three days a week. Delta is also offering a new nonstop route from Boston to Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV), which launches one day earlier on May 26, 202. This direct flight will also operate three times per week, and both will use the Airbus A330-300.
7. Direct flight from New York City to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Perfect for a spring break escape, JetBlue will start offering direct flights from New York City (JFK) to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PVR) on February 19, 2022. These flights will be the only direct service to Puerto Vallarta from JFK, running four times per week.