BA to announce direct US-Europe flights

British Airways is to announce its plans today for direct flights between the United States and continental Europe which should start in the summer, the Financial Times reported without citing sources. The new routes will take advantage of the ‘open skies’ agreement which comes into effect at Easter time, and it will be the first time the national carrier will fly between US and Europe outside of its UK hubs.

The company still has to decide whether services to New York would fly to JFK or Newark, as the US government could limit the number of flights to JFK because of congestion.

The new routes will put BA in direct competition with other European airlines like Air France-KLM and US airlines like Delta and Continental, which already operate on BA’s planned routes.