First Direct Flight Between Faro and USA to Launch in 2024

United Airlines has announced a new non-stop route between New York/Newark and Faro. It will be the first and only airline to connect Faro in the Algarve to the United States.

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The first-ever non-stop flight connection between the USA and Faro is set to take off in 2024. From 24 May, passengers can board a United Airlines flight from Newark Liberty International Airport, just 15 miles outside of New York City, to Faro, the capital of Portugal’s Algarve region.

Hailed the “California of Europe”, the Algarve has been attracting a growing number of travellers from the USA in recent years. Its beautiful beaches, sunny climate, and all-round high quality of life make it the perfect holiday destination for people from across the pond. But that’s not all. The near-parity between the dollar and the euro has made Portugal more affordable than ever, and with rising prices across the U.S., American travellers have been quick to jump at the opportunity.

United Airlines released a statement:

The new flight from New York to Faro will make it easy for U.S. customers to visit Portugal’s Algarve region, home to some of the country’s most scenic beaches and striking historic sites.

A Boeing 757-200 will depart four times weekly until late September, with a capacity for 176 passengers per flight. You can purchase an Economy ticket now for around €1,100, with some Basic Economy tickets available for around €600.

United Airlines serves more destinations in Portugal than any other U.S. airline, offering connections between New York/Newark–Lisbon, Washington/Dulles-Lisbon, New York/Newark–Porto and New York/Newark-Ponta Delgada, Azores.

The air carrier will launch the New York/Newark-Faro connection as part of its largest summer flight schedule in the company’s 97-year history. The schedule will also include new connections to Reykjavik, Brussels, Rome and Malaga, and bring back popular flights to Portugal, Italy, France, and Spain two months early due to increased demand for spring shoulder season getaways. Over 30% more travellers boarded the airline’s transatlantic flights last spring.

Americans Land on Portugal

Over the past few years, the number of Americans in Portugal has skyrocketed, with both holidayers and homebuyers flocking to the European country. U.S. visitors to Portugal increased by 27 per cent in 2022, while spending by American travellers grew by 51 per cent over the year.

More recently—the number of guests coming from the U.S. in the first quarter of 2023 was 79% higher than the same period in 2019, according to CaixaBank Research.

And it’s not just holidays they’re after. Americans are setting their sights on Portuguese homes, too. With rising house prices across the U.S., many of those in the market for a permanent or second home are looking to Portugal where they can get a lot more for their money—alongside great weather, gorgeous landscapes, and a relaxed lifestyle.

An astonishing 237% more Americans were living in Portugal last year compared to 2017, according to data from the Portuguese Government. Expat communities are thriving across the Algarve—and in major cities such as Lisbon and Porto.

With increased connectivity to Portugal’s sunny southern coast, we can expect to see even greater numbers of U.S. travellers and homebuyers in the Algarve in the coming years.

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