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The Most Exciting New Airline Routes to Book This Summer and Fall

Travel + Leisure logo Travel + Leisure 4 days ago Harriet Baskas

a large body of water surrounded by palm trees © Mandy Cherundolo/Getty Images Airlines are rolling out new and expanded service just in time for summer travel.

Southwest is revealing more details on its upcoming flights to Hawaii, and there are more ways to get to Europe, the Caribbean, and south of the border. Here are some of the most exciting new routes.

More Ways to Get to Iceland — and Beyond

WOW air began flying from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) to Iceland (KEF) on May 10, with connections onward to Paris, Amsterdam, and other European cities. The four-flights-a-week schedule will expand to five days a week between June and September. For the roll-out, WOW Air is offering a limited number of $99 one-way way tickets between CVG and KEF and $149 one-way tickets to five European cities via KEF for travel in June to July and from September to October 2018, when booked for a return trip.

There will also soon be three airlines flying to Iceland from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. WOW air begins flying from DFW on May 24, with seasonal summer service three times a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) to Reykjavík–Keflavík (KEF) International Airport. Icelandair begins flying that route on May 31, with year-round service, four times a week (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays). And American Airlines joins in on June 7 with seasonal summer service operating daily.

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More Flights to Cuba and Mexico City

Both United Airlines and JetBlue announced starting dates (subject to government approval) for increased service to Havana, Cuba.

Beginning July 20, United Airlines plans to increase flights between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Havana’s José Martí International Airport from one flight a week to daily service.

JetBlue is also expanding service to Havana with the kick-off of flights on Saturdays between Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) and Havana (HAV) starting November 10. The airline is also increasing its service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), to three flights daily Sundays through Fridays, beginning November 11.

JetBlue also announced plans to introduce daily nonstop flights to Mexico City from both Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) beginning October 25.

Seattle to Dublin

Irish air carrier Aer Lingus will launch the first year-round service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Dublin, Ireland (DUB) on May 18, with four flights scheduled a week. This makes it easier to plan that visit to the Guinness Storehouse, a seven-floor interactive beer-themed attraction billed as the world’s largest pint glass.

D.C. to Scotland

On May 23, United Airlines will begin flying nonstop flights between Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Scotland’s Edinburg Airport (EDI) with a seasonal service of daily flights scheduled until October 15. During the summer Edinburgh will be hosting major festivals dedicated to, among other things, children, film, jazz & blues, art and fringe theater.

Southwest Goes to Hawaii

Dates are not yet announced for when Southwest Airlines will begin flying to Hawaii, but the airline has shared details about the Hawaiian airports it plans to serve and the initial California cities that will offer nonstop service to Hawaii.

Southwest said it will begin with nonstop Hawaiian Islands flights from Oakland Metropolitan Airport (OAK), San Diego International Airport (SAN), Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), and Sacramento International Airport (SMF). Hawaiian airports to be served will be Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu(HNL), Kahului Airport on Maui (OGG), Lihue Airport on Kauai (LIH), and Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA, on the leeward side of The Island of Hawaii.

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