This is a welcome bit of news to those schools in the north of England hoping to travel stateside next year. United Airlines is introducing non-stop flights between Newcastle and its New York hub, Newark, from May 2015.
The service, which will depart daily except for Wednesday and Thursdays, is due to run between May 23 and September 7.
The flights will be operated by Boeing 757-200 aircraft with a total of 169 seats - 16 flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst and 153 in United Economy, including 45 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.
The airline says they have been conveniently timed to connect at Newark with an extensive network of service to destinations throughout the Americas.
Meanwhile, Aer Lingus Regional has launched its double-daily Dublin-Leeds Bradford service.
The service is operated by Stobart Air and provides a link to the US through Dublin for Leeds-based passengers who can conveniently connect to Aer Lingus' mainline transatlantic services.
The airline expects to carry 70,000 passengers on the route in 2015.
This is the first time in 14 years that Aer Lingus has operated a Leeds to Dublin service and the schedule has been designed to accommodate a day return for business and leisure passengers, offering convenient morning and evening flights.
It also offers connections to New York, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, San Francisco and Toronto.
Last week, Leeds Bradford recorded the highest level of demand for connections to the US (via Dublin) out of all the 13 UK regions served by Aer Lingus Regional.
Dublin Airport provides customs and security pre-clearance for passengers travelling to the US which means they are treated as domestic passengers on arrival and so avoid long delays often associated with security checks in the US. Dublin and Shannon are the only airports in Europe to offer this service.
Thanks to TravelMole for the information!