These 8 US Airports Lost European Flights In The Past 10 Years


Summary

  • European flights have ended from eight US airports since 2014.
  • The last such departure from Fairbank, Fort Lauderdale, and San Jose (CA) was in 2023.
  • Indianapolis’ sole offering was by Delta to SkyTeam’s Paris CDG, which did not return after the pandemic.


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Some 41 US airports plan non-stop scheduled passenger flights to Europe in 2024. Inevitably, New York JFK, Newark, Chicago O’Hare, Boston, and Washington Dulles have the most services. But what about those airports that are not so lucky?


No more European flights

Using Cirium data to analyze all Europe-bound flights since 2014 shows that the airports listed in the following table have lost service across the North Atlantic. Go further back, and others, such as Memphis, would inevitably be included. Note that:

  • To avoid having even more asterisks, I have not provided all the details about routes, dates, where they went, and so on, but I have stated some examples for context
  • For the same reason, I have not stated the exact year each airline or route ended, preferring instead to simply state the most recent year

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Airport

Last European flights in…

Airline (route) since 2014

Fairbanks

2023

Condor (Frankfurt)*

Fort Lauderdale

2023

British Airways (London Gatwick), Condor (Frankfurt)**, Norse Atlantic**, *** (Berlin, Oslo, London Gatwick), Norwegian*** (Barcelona, Copenhagen, London Gatwick, Oslo, Paris CDG, Stockholm Arlanda)

San Jose (CA)

2023

British Airways (London Heathrow), Lufthansa (Frankfurt)

Orlando Sanford

2021

Primarily TUI Airways**** (Birmingham, Bristol, Doncaster (closed), East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle), TUI fly Netherlands^ (Amsterdam), and Icelandair (Keflavik)^^

Indianapolis

2020

Delta (Paris CDG)

Charleston

2019

British Airways (London Heathrow)

Kansas City

2019

Icelandair (Keflavik)

Providence

2019

Azores Airlines^^^ (Ponta Delgada), Condor (Frankfurt)^^^, Norwegian*** (Belfast International, Bergen, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Shannon)

* Now just serves Anchorage; ** Moved to Miami; *** Later ended all long-haul flying **** Moved to Melbourne; ^ No longer serves the US; ^^ Moved to Orlando International; ^^^ Moved to Boston

British Airways at Fort Lauderdale

British Airways at Fort Lauderdale is instructive. It began flying from London Gatwick in July 2017, with the last flight in September 2019. It would never have launched but for Norwegian, which had served Gatwick-Fort Lauderdale since July 2014. BA’s entry was entirely defensive.

British Airways Boeing 777-200ER

Photo: Sudpoth Sirirattanasakul | Shutterstock

After Norwegian switched to Miami in March 2019 for higher yields and greater international passenger awareness, BA swiftly ended its Fort Lauderdale operation. Norwegian later ceased all long-haul flying amid huge financial losses, with its successor, Norse Atlantic – which also served Fort Lauderdale before moving to Miami – seemingly not learning all the lessons.

Delta at Indianapolis

Delta commenced Indianapolis-Paris CDG in May 2018 to feed partner Air France and others at the huge European SkyTeam hub. With a daily flight in the summer and a three-weekly operation in winter, the 767-300ER was used.

Delta 767-300ER taking off

Photo: Bradley Caslin | Shutterstock

According to US Department of Transportation T-100 data, it carried about 149,000 passengers, with an average of just 71% of seats filled across its entire existence. The highest SLF was just 85% in one month (June 2019). Almost all months were sub-80%, even in July and August and even in winter, despite far fewer flights.

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Was BA planning Indianapolis flights?

According to an Airport Coordination Limited slot report for summer 2022, BA had applied for slots to operate daily between London Heathrow and Indianapolis. After all, Indianapolis-Europe is a fair-sized market, Delta had stopped flying to Paris, and London is the most demanded city. A typical problem, though, is that many one-stop options exist.

It seems the carrier had two historical slots that they allocated to the route, but it was not granted the additional five weekly slots that they requested to operate daily. Even if BA had received them, they could simply have switched them to use elsewhere, so the real intention remains unclear.

Do you think Indianapolis will regain European service? Let us know in the comments section.



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