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New Romanian Airline Coming to New York Next Summer

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Summer 2024 is shaping up to be another big travel season with more ways to get to Europe than ever before.

HiSky, a Romanian-based airline, is set to launch its first transatlantic route between Bucharest and New York next June — here’s what you should know.

HiSky to Fly 4x Weekly Between New York and Bucharest

Upon recent approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation, HiSky is now authorized to fly between Bucharest (OTP) and New York (JFK) — marking the first time this route has been served in more than 2 decades.

On June 7, 2024, HiSky will inaugurate the new route, which will operate 4x weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays:

  • JFK-OTP: 1:25 p.m. — 6:15 a.m. (+1)
  • OTP-JFK: 8 a.m. — 11:25 a.m.

The airline will offer both economy and business class, with introductory, round-trip tickets for roughly $380 and $2,100, respectively. Onboard, there will be inflight entertainment and a “hot meal and snack” for every passenger, no matter which cabin you’re seated in.

“This is a significant milestone for HiSky and even more so for Romania and all passengers wishing to travel across the ocean without stopovers or time wasted at other airports,” said Iulian Scorpan, CEO of HiSky. “The USA is now a viable travel option for the first time since air travel became accessible to everyone. We are delighted to be the ones paving this way.”

Hot Tip:

The news comes the same day that low-cost carrier Norse Atlantic Airways has launched a route between New York (JFK) and Athens, Greece.

About HiSky

Never heard of HiSky? You’re not alone.

The Romanian airline began operating in 2021, initially operating a number of intra-Europe flights. With an all-Airbus fleet (A319, A320, and A321neo), the airline plans to fly the new transatlantic route with its first wide-body Airbus A330-200.

The airline has recently welcomed 1 million passengers. Image Credit: HiSky

It’s unclear what the economy and business class configuration will look like just yet, as the airline expects to receive the new aircraft in the coming days. Additionally, HiSky is not part of a major airline alliance at the time of writing.

The airline’s main operating base is located at Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP). At the moment, HiSky is “the only Romanian airline to simultaneously hold a Foreign Air Carrier Permit,” according to a statement from the carrier.

Final Thoughts

Flights between the U.S. and Eastern Europe are far and few between, and HiSky will now enter the scene with a new route to Romania. Stay tuned for pictures of HiSky’s cabins, and we can’t wait to see what will unfold for the future of this carrier as it continues to expand.

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About Stella Shon

With a degree in media and journalism, Stella has been in the points and miles game for more than 6 years. She most recently worked as a Corporate Communications Analyst for JetBlue. Find her work in The New York Times, USA Today, and more.


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