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Flights to New York

Touch down in the Big Apple

Flight time from London

7 hrs 15 mins

Distance from London

3,470 miles

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Calling all city-breakers, business travellers and holiday-makers – take it from us, we’re experts in connecting people to two of the busiest cities around the world. Book your flights to New York from London and explore a city with it all: Central Park, pizza, rooftops gardens, frosé, the Statue of Liberty…it’s time to make it your own.

Choose the perfect time for you to jet off in style – any day of the week. Whether you’re booking Club for a business trip or World Traveller for a longer New York holiday.

Airports in New York

What are the main airports in New York?

With British Airways you can fly direct from London airports to John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

Read our New York travel guide for travel tips from some real insiders.

British Airways operated flights arrive at and depart from Terminal 8 at New York JFK airport. All British Airways flights arrive at and depart from Terminal B in Newark.

Fly direct from London Heathrow (LHR) to JFK International Airport (JFK) and Newark Airport (EWR). Or from London Gatwick (LGW) to JFK International Airport (JFK). Alternatively, our business (Club World)-only service from London City Airport (LCY) is convenient for business, or a great way to start a special trip.

New York flight FAQs

When’s the cheapest month to fly?

A popular destination year-round, with people flying for both business and pleasure. But even the world’s busiest city has its ‘quieter’ periods. January, February, and August are often the cheaper times to fly. There’s a reason for this: it’s very cold early in the year, and very hot in late summer, so pack accordingly. The city tends to empty out in late summer – as New Yorkers themselves go on their holidays. But prices change all the time, so the best way to find cheap flights is to use our lowest fare finder.

How long is the flight from London?

Whichever airport you choose, a direct flight from London to New York will take just over seven hours. New York is five hours behind GMT, meaning you can fly on a Friday after work and still arrive in Manhattan in time for a cocktail.

New York flights and arrival information?

With British Airways you can fly direct from London to two of New York’s major airports: JFK and Newark. Both are a similar distance away from Midtown Manhattan. John F Kennedy International Airport is in southern Queens on Long Island – southeast of Manhattan. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is in New Jersey – a similar distance away to the southwest. Generally speaking, if you’re staying in uptown in northern Manhattan or in The Bronx, Newark is more convenient. However, if you’re based in Brooklyn, Queens or anywhere else on Long Island, JFK makes for a quicker transfer.

Taxis charge a flat rate from JFK to Manhattan of $52.50 (plus tolls, surcharges and tips). A metered fare applies from Newark. Uber and Lyft also operate in the area. You could also use a combination of public transport and the AirTrain to reach both airports from the city. To reach Kennedy, you can either take the subway or the L.I.R.R. east to Jamaica station; then catch the AirTrain to the airport. In order to reach Newark - Liberty, hop on the Amtrak or N.J. Transit west to Newark before changing to a separate AirTrain for the airport. This is the cheapest option – and it might also save you a traffic jam.

Find out more about getting around New York

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Do I need a visa for New York?

If you hold a British passport, then you currently do not need a Visa. Instead, you must apply for an ESTA (a Visa waiver programme) no less than 72 hours before you fly. The ESTA costs $21 and you can easily apply online.

Find out more about visa requirements

How many bags can I check in?

British Airways have a generous baggage allowance for long-haul flights. If you’re travelling in Economy, you can take one 23 kg bag per person. If you book Premium Economy, you can take two 23 kg bags each. Business Class travellers can take two 32 kg bags each. First class passengers can bring three 32 kg bags per person. If you’re travelling with children under the age of 12, you can also take one fully collapsible pushchair and one car seat. If you have any additional baggage requirements, read our baggage guide to find out more.

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New York Travel Essentials

Flight time

7 hours 15 mins

Time zone

GMT -4

Currency

US Dollar

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