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Whether you're looking to fly from London to Los Angeles, or Dublin to New York, Alternative Airlines can help. Use our guide to discover which airlines operate routes between different cities in the UK and USA, which airports you can fly between and many more FAQs.

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Popular UK to USA flight routes

London ➡ New York

New York, the sleepless capital city of the US, has an abundance of towering skyscrapers and bustling streets full of culture and diversity. The most popular attraction in the city is the Empire State Building, paired with Central Park and the Statue of Liberty. The peak travel seasons to New York are from June to August and November to December, when tourists typically like to spend the summer or winter in the city.

Getting to New York from London is easy and straightforward with a handful of airlines operating this popular route on a daily basis.

Route Frequency: 1000+ weekly flights from London to New York
Ticket Price: $250+ USD single, $400+ USD return
Flight Time: 8 hours+ (direct)
Airports: London-Gatwick ➡ New York-JFK; London-Heathrow ➡ New York-JFK; London-Heathrow ➡ New York-Newark
Airlines: British Airways, American Airlines, jetBlue, Lufthansa, United Airlines, Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Delta, Air France, KLM, Iberia, Finnair, Norse Atlantic

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London ➡ Los Angeles

London to Los Angeles is another popular route - tourists flock to LA, the city of stars, to visit attractions such as Universal Studios Hollywood, Griffith Observatory and Santa Monica Pier. The busiest season is very broad, stretching from March all the way to October thanks to the relatively warm climate, so it's the perfect holiday destination for those looking for a flexible trip.

This route is also straightforward and direct with many airlines flying between London and LA on a daily basis.

Route Frequency: 300+ weekly flights from London to Los Angeles
Ticket Price: $2000+ USD single, $750+ USD return
Flight Time: 11 hours+ (direct)
Airports: London-Heathrow➡ Los Angeles International
Airlines: British Airways, United Airlines, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Delta, Air France, KLM, Iberia


Dublin ➡ Philadelphia

Philadelphia, mostly known for its world-famous cheesesteaks, is full of art, culture, cuisine and Revolution-era history. It's pretty easy to get to from Dublin, Ireland, with more than 40 flights weekly operating the route. The peak season for visiting Philadelphia is usually from June to August when the warm weather lets tourists enjoy many of the city's outdoor festivals and events. You can also reach Philadelphia via London and Manchester.

Route Frequency: 40+ weekly flights from Dubai to Philadelphia
Ticket Price: $650+ USD single, $750+ USD return
Flight Time: 8 hours+ (direct)
Airports: Dublin Airport ➡ Philadelphia International Airport
Airlines: Aer Lingus, Finnair, Iberia, American Airlines


Manchester ➡ Orlando

Situated in Central Florida, Orlando is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US, let alone the world. Home to Disneyland, Universal Studios, the Kennedy Space Centre and more attractions, you won't run out of sights to see when visiting Orlando. The busiest tourist season in Orlando stretches from March all the way through summer until September. Temperatures range from 78 - 89 degrees Fahrenheit during this time. As well as Manchester, you can also reach Orlando via London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Route Frequency: 150+ weekly flights from Manchester to Orlando
Ticket Price: $850+ USD single, $950+ USD return
Flight Time: 9-10 hours+ (direct)
Airports: Manchester Airport ➡ Orlando International Airport
Airlines: Aer Lingus, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Delta, Air France, KLM

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If you reside in the UK, you can spread the cost of your flights with Fly Now Pay LaterKlarnaPayPal Credit, and Zip. Or if you reside in the USA, you can choose from AfterpayAffirm, Zip, PayPal Credit, and Klarna. Using our many Buy Now, Pay Later options is easy - find out more about all our Pay Later options.

What airlines fly between UK and USA?

Direct Flights: For more convenience, take a look at the following airlines that operate direct flights between the UK and the USA. It is also possible to book flights with a layover or stopover with other airlines, with a journey time of 13+ hours.

British Airways

British Airways is the national airline of the United Kingdom and is headquartered in London, England, near its main hub at Heathrow Airport. British Airways operates daily flights to the USA and is a very popular airline amongst travellers who frequently fly from the UK to the USA.

American Airlines

American Airlines is a major US-based airline which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. It is the world's largest airline measured by fleet size and scheduled passengers carried.

United Airlines

United Airlines, also known as United, is a major American airline. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the airline is a founding member of the Star Alliance, operating key routes domestically within the US as well as internationally.

Use the search form at the top of the page to begin searching for flights with any of these airlines and more. You can also use our airline filters to only view flights with a specific airline.

Airport Information

Departure Airport Information

There are a variety of different airports in the UK that you can fly from if you're travelling to the US, however, the two main airports that offer the most direct routes are London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

London Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Airport is a major international airport in London. Many international airlines fly into and from Heathrow Airport on a daily basis, connecting the UK with the world. The airport is a hub for British Airways. Many airlines, including British Airways, offer flights to the USA from Heathrow - you can fly from Heathrow to many major cities in the US including New York, Orlando, Miami, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco and more.

London Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport, based in Crawley, England, is another major international airport. It's the second-busiest airport in the UK after Heathrow by total passenger traffic, with well-known airlines such as easyJet, Norse Atlantic Airways and Wizz Air operating flights from the airport daily. Direct flights to the USA from Gatwick are limited - some of the main routes include Gatwick to New York, Orlando and Tampa.

Arrival Airport Information

New York JFK Airport
John F. Kennedy International Airport, otherwise known as JFK Airport, is the main international airport operating out of New York City. More than 90 airlines operate from the airport including American Airlines, Delta, jetBlue and United, offering direct flights across all continents.

Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles International Airport, commonly known as LAX, is the main international airport serving Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. The airport is a hub for popular US airlines, such as Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.

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Can I fly directly between the UK and the USA?

Yes, you can fly directly between the United Kingdom and the US with the following airlines: British Airways, American Airlines, Delta, Lufthansa and more. Use our search form at the top of the page to compare flight times and the on-board service offered by each airline to find the flights that are right for you. You can also read our guide on flights from New York to UK to find out more.

What is the flight time between the UK and the US?

It depends on where in the US you will be flying to. Flights from London to New York usually take around 8 hours direct, however, London to Los Angeles takes at least 11 hours.

Can I pay over time for flights between the UK and the US?

Absolutely! When booking through Alternative Airlines, you can pay for your UK to US flights over time, either on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis, depending on which payment plan you have chosen. We offer 40+ different payment methods at checkout, including finance options such as Klarna, Afterpay, Affirm and PayPal Credit. This means you can book your tickets today and spread the cost of your flights out over time.