Dec 15. Airlines are anticipating a busy summer 2022 season and carriers are preparing with new and returning routes and increased flight frequencies to popular destinations.
In a press release on Monday, British Airways revealed its “Aviation Joint Business” partnership is launching four new routes next summer, streamlining travel between the US and Europe via a combined network of flights. AJB started in 2010 between Oneworld partners British Airways, American Airlines, and Iberia, with Finnair joining in 2013 and Spain-based LEVEL joining in 2017.
Aer Lingus is the newest addition after the Department of Transportation approved its membership in December 2020, despite not being part of the Oneworld alliance, according to Simple Flying. The Irish flag carrier’s UK arm, known as Aer Lingus UK, will also operate under the partnership as an affiliate of Aer Lingus. It will connect the US to Manchester after receiving permission from the DOT in September.
While flights to Manchester have already begun, the alliance will also launch new routes between the US and destinations in Spain, Finland, and England in 2022. In particular, Finnair’s new service from Helsinki to Seattle will strengthen its partnership with Oneworld member Alaska Airlines, feeding international passengers into Alaska’s domestic network, according to Travel Weekly.