American Airlines is adding three new international routes this spring from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), the routes serving San Jose,...

A major European financial center, Madrid is home to the headquarters of the vast majority of Spanish companies. Three of the world’s largest 100 companies are based there: Telefonica, Repsol-YPF and Banco Santander.

“It is great news that American Airlines has decided to launch a new connection between Madrid and New York, forming a new bridge between two great cosmopolitan, dynamic regions,” says Angeles Alarco Canosa, chief executive officer of Tourism Madrid. “The new route will help New Yorkers get to know Madrid’s gastronomy, which includes the best of Spanish and international cuisine, its richness in culture and museums, its more than 450 performing arts attractions, as well as its amazing hotels and shopping opportunities. Madrid has also established an excellent reputation as a host for every conceivable type of business event.”


The airline’s schedule between New York and Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) will see flight AA94 leaving JFK at 5:25 p.m. and arriving at MAD at 7:20 a.m. the following day. The return flight, AA95, is timed to depart MAD at 10:00 a.m. and to land at JFK at 12:20 p.m. local time the same day. The JFK-MAD flight begins on May 1 and the MAD-JFK flight on May 2.

American Airlines has fitted all of its 124 Boeing 757-200s with blended winglets, which reduce drag and lower fuel consumption on most sectors by as much as 6 per cent

American’s New York-Manchester flights will depart daily from JFK. They, too, will be operated by Boeing 757s.

Manchester is the largest city in the north of England and is a convenient base for exploring other cities in the region such as Liverpool and Chester or the beautiful countryside of the Lake District. A major center for association football (soccer), Manchester is home to the famed Manchester United, one of the world’s best-known professional football clubs; and also to close rival Manchester City, known as the world’s richest football club because of its continuing spending spree on players following its acquisition by a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family in 2008.

The northern-English city ― which lies at the centre of an urban area of some 18 million people and is only 30 miles from the equally famous music and football centre of Liverpool ― is the birthplace of fish and chips and (even more importantly) the Industrial Revolution. Culturally, Manchester is renowned for its popular Indie music scene, and it hosts the impressive, artist-led Manchester International Festival, an international cultural festival of original new work and special events.

Less expensive than London and many other EU capitals, Manchester is noted for its pubs, beautiful Victorian-era city-centre architecture and locally-produced beer ― including Boddingtons, well known in the United States. It is one of Europe’s leading business and media cities and Manchester’s new MediaCity complex houses many major businesses, recently attracting five departments of the BBC that moved there from London.

“We’re delighted that American Airlines is increasing its operation into Manchester. We welcome the opportunity to work with them on promoting Manchester to the New York market,” says Andrew Stokes, chief executive of Marketing Manchester. “As the gateway to the North of England, Manchester offers people from the U.S. the chance to experience not only our great city, but also the sights of the Lake District National Park, Liverpool and the Roman city of Chester ― all of which are within easy reach of Manchester.

“The new route will also support the business community that travels frequently between Manchester and the U.S., in particular, international delegates attending conferences and exhibitions at our convention centers,” adds Stokes.

American’s schedule between New York and Manchester calls for flight AA210 to push back from JFK’s Terminal 8 at 7:05 p.m. daily and to reach Manchester Airport (MAN) at 7:55 a.m. the following day, local time. The return flight, AA211, is scheduled to leave MAN’s international Terminal 2 at 11:10 a.m. and to land at JFK at 1:55 p.m. The JFK-MAN flight begins on May 13 and the MAN-JFK flight on May 14.

Travelers can check schedules and fares and book flights by visiting AA.com. There are no online booking fees and American guarantees that the very lowest fares available for American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection flights are to be found on the website. For details on American’s Lowest Fare Guarantee, visit www.aa.com/benefits.

AmericanAirlines Vacations has a number of travel packages available to San Jose, Madrid and Manchester, as well as many other popular destinations around the world. For more information, visit www.aavacations.com.

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