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Airlines across the globe are continuing to expand their services by adding additional routes to accommodate the growing need for transportation in both the tourism and business travel industries. Recently, several changes and additions to future routes were announced by some big name airlines that will allow travellers more flexibility with their plans in the near future.
Although Qantas Airlines has been experiencing a little difficulty with some strikes and business mishaps, the company is continuing to expand their services and add new flights to its repertoire. By the end of 2011, Qantas will add two new A380 aircraft to its fleet. One will join the other planes on the Sydney, Australia, to Hong Kong route by mid January. More flights will be available to passengers between these two cities in 2012, which will be made possible by the addition of the plane.
In the past, many customers needed to be diverted to Brisbane or Melbourne, as there was only one direct flight on schedule per week. Now, Qantas says they plan to have at least four flights a week, opening up more opportunities for business and leisure travel for patrons.
Easyjet has also announced plans for expansion, which are slated to be available to the public by March of 2012. This discount airline will offer new routes between London's Luton airport and Reykjavik, Iceland. Currently, the company has flights that depart from Heathrow airport in London, but this new option will open up options for multiple planes utilizing various airports in the city to get to Iceland.
For a limited time, travellers who wish to take the new London-to-Iceland route can book through the Easyjet website and purchase special introductory rates. New flights will be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sunday, with morning departure times from London.
A U.S. based airline will be launching its new routes between America and various locations in the U.K. this summer. In May, a route between Manchester, England, and Washington, D.C., will be a part of United Continental's flight offerings. The following month, a route between Dublin, Ireland, and D.C. will be made available to passengers as well. United Continental already has flights from Dublin to New York, so these upcoming contributions will give their customers more flexibility when travelling to and from the U.K.
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