Air routes are not set in stone. In fact, airlines are creating (and cancelling) them all the time. This fall, the fall of 2019, is no different. So here are the most exciting new routes that will be connecting Europe to the rest of the world in autumn 2019.
1. Lisbon – Banjul, Gambia
Ever wanted to visit Gambia? A new TAP Air Portugal route from Lisbon will connect Europe to Banjul (the flight is 4-5 hours long), one of the largest cities in the country. The city proper is on St Mary’s Island (a.k.a. Banjul Island), where the Gambia River enters the Atlantic Ocean. It’s connected to the mainland via bridges and ferries.
Banjul is home to the Gambian National Museum and African Heritage Museum.
You can also use the city as a springboard to see the country that lies outside the bounds of the capital. Jufureh is a city reportedly popular with tourists, and so is Janjanbureh. Wassu stone circles, part of the larger Stone Circles of Senegambia ensemble, are near Janjanbureh. Maybe this vast, Stonehenge-like structure explains why British tourists are dominant in the country!
2. Amsterdam – San Jose
San José in California is the capital of Silicon Valley – why would you want to go there? On the other hand, San José, the capital of Costa Rica, is where the fun is. The new KLM route (the flight is nearly 12 hours long) is just one of two new ways to reach the country from Amsterdam. It’s a safe, clean, well-organized city that’s not about to sink beneath the waves (unlike the Dutch capital).
Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, the National Theatre of Costa Rica, and La Sabana Metropolitan Park are just some of the spots you can visit in the city itself. The local food isn’t that spicy and can be found for cheap at many a local “soda” (that’s local Spanish slang for cheap restaurant). There’s really no reason not to visit it.
3. Tallinn – Kutaisi, Georgia
Georgia is one of those countries that are just lousy with history and historical import. Do you know what’s also there? Georgian wine! So hop on a 4-hour Wizz Air flight from Tallinn to Kutaisi and enjoy one of the most important cities in the country!
In Kutaisi itself, you’ll be able to visit the (heavily restored) Bagrati Cathedral, which dates back to the 11th century. Gelati Monastery is not much younger than that, and it’s a UNESCO site! Or you can jump on a train and get a direct ride to Tbilisi and see all of its wonders as well!
4. Lviv – Larnaca
Do you find yourself in Ukraine, but your heart yearns for Cyprus of all places? Lucky you, then, as a new Wizz Air direct 3-hour flight from Lviv to Larnaca will connect the two countries. Larnaca is the third most populous city in Cyprus, and smashing holiday destination, what with a palm-lined seafront and all that.
If you fancy yourself a fan of history, you can visit the Larnaca Castle and two of the city’s most impressive holy places – Church of Saint Lazarus and Hala Sultan Tekke (a mosque). Moreover, you can easily find great places to gorge on seafood and local delicacies. And if you visit the place in winter months, you can go watch flamingos at the Larnaca Salt Lake!
5. London – Shanghai
A new Air China route is connecting Gatwick airport to Shanghai with an 11-hour direct flight! Yes, this, the most populous city in the world, is now at your fingertips (as long as you use them to order a ticket). The place is lousy with historical places to visit even if you go only by the protected areas list! I mean, wouldn’t you want to visit the fabulous Yu Garden?
You could also visit local Disneyland, just because you said you could. Or you could take a stroll in one of the many parks in Shanghai. Maybe you could even grab a bite of the Shanghai hairy crab or some of the other local delicacies (including, I kid you not, Shanghai borscht).
And you know what the best thing about these routes? As they almost universally take off from Europe, you can nearly always claim compensation for disrupted flights! After all, few things are more annoying than facing delayed flights, flight cancellations or overbooking if you’re flying half-way across the world. Claim up to €600 compensation with Skycop and start planning your next trip!