Direct flights from Birmingham to New York will return next year.

Low-cost airline Primera Air is launching flights to both New York Newark and Boston from May 2018, filling the void left by United Airlines which is withdrawing the service from October 5.

The New York service will be daily from while the Boston route will fly four times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

The airline will base its brand new Airbus A321 Neos which has 16 premium economy seats and 182 economy seats.

Passengers can also use the wi-fi on board and the aircraft has full charging facilities for devices.

Birmingham Airport aviation director William Pearson said: "We are delighted to be entering in to a partnership with an additional transatlantic airline.

Primera will run flights from Birmingham Airport to the US
Primera will run flights from Birmingham Airport to the US

"Primera Air will offer daily flights to New York and give passengers the chance to visit Massachusetts' capital and largest city.

"This is a brand new route from Birmingham so we are delighted that Primera Air will give people from the region the opportunity to visit this city direct from their local airport.

"We look forward to working with Primera Air and are delighted that they will base these brand new Airbus321NEO's here at the airport."

Primera Air's president Andri Ingolfsson added: "We are very proud to announce our new bases and routes to US.

One World Trade Center rises above the lower Manhattan skyline in New York.
One World Trade Center rises above the lower Manhattan skyline in New York.

"With our brand new Airbus321NEOs airplane, we are opening routes previously traditionally served only by wide-body aircrafts."

Services from Birmingham to US will commence in May 2018 and will be year-round operations.

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