Star Alliance Transatlantic Routes: 2015 Edition


A couple of years ago I produced a list of all the Transatlantic routes by alliance to help with searching for award trips and generally to enable those seeking to find new ways to get across the ocean. The data, unsurprisingly, became stale and things have changed like US Airways merging with American Airlines and shifting from Star Alliance to oneworld. And so, with the prodding of a few readers, I’ve updated the lists. And, based on feedback last time around, I’m also including routes crossing between South America and Europe and reaching a bit further east as well. I’m still ignoring Africa for these results, though.

Here is the latest collection of Star Alliance Transatlantic routes, gathered from timetables, published route maps and other sources. I’m pretty sure it is accurate though I’m guessing I missed one or three in there somewhere.

Air Canada & Rouge

Air Canada sits comfortably in 3rd place amongst Star Alliance carriers in terms of total routes across the Atlantic. But things get a bit interesting when looking more closely because that number includes the Rouge routes. These are seasonal or non-daily and on a different aircraft configuration which is designed to compete in leisure markets more than to attract business travelers. Still, when looking to get across the ocean, there are a lot of options.

Air Canada Transatlantic Routes
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.
Rouge Transatlantic Routes
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

Avianca

Avianca offers a few routes between its Colombian base and Europe.

Avianca Transatlantic Routes
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

Lufthansa

Lufthansa is in second place in the alliance for total routes, including service from three hubs in Germany. Dusseldorf has seen a couple cuts but still offers service on key routes while Frankfurt is the main gateway and Munich sees a bit as well.

Lufthansa Transatlantic Routes
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

Rest of the Miles + More Carriers

Swiss, Austrian, Brussels Airlines and LOT Polish have a solid collection of flights from their hubs in Europe, though overall it is still a relatively low number of routes flown.

Routes from Swiss, Austrian, Brussels and LOT
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

The 5th Freedom Flights

Air New Zealand, Ethiopian, Air China and Singapore Airlines each offer Transatlantic routes under 5th Freedom authority.

The 5th Freedom routes flown by Air China, Ethiopian, Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

SAS

SAS coverage into the Americas is not especially strong, but it is larger than a couple years ago.

SAS flies to United hubs in the USA
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

Turkish Airlines

Turkish is, by far, the biggest growth point for Transatlantic service in Star Alliance. Lots of new routes operating these days.

Turkish serves a dozen destinations in the Americas from its hub in Istanbul
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

TAP Air Portugal

TAP truly shines when it comes to service in South America thanks to many flights to Brazil. Plus a few into North America, too.

Lots of South America service on TAP
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

United Airlines

And, rounding out the alliance, United Airlines has nearly 60 transatlantic routes, though some are seasonal. Newark is the main gateway; O’Hare and Dulles combined have fewer routes than are served non-stop from Newark. And Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles combined serve fewer than either Dulles or O’Hare.

Nearly 30 Transatlantic routes from Newark on United
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.
O’Hare and Dulles have a decent collection between them
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.
Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles round out the United routes
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

Here’s the full list in table format:

YEG LHR AC
YHZ LHR AC
YOW FRA AC
YOW LHR AC
YUL BRU AC
YUL CDG AC
YUL FRA AC
YUL GVA AC
YUL LHR AC
YVR LHR AC
YYC FRA AC
YYC LHR AC
YYT LHR AC
YYZ AMS AC
YYZ CDG AC
YYZ CPH AC
YYZ EDI AC
YYZ FCO AC
YYZ FRA AC
YYZ IST AC
YYZ LHR AC
YYZ MAD AC
YYZ MUC AC
YYZ MXP AC
YYZ TLV AC
YYZ ZRH AC
YUL ATH AC*
YUL BCN AC*
YUL FCO AC*
YUL NCE AC*
YUL VCE AC*
YYZ ATH AC*
YYZ BCN AC*
YYZ DUB AC*
YYZ EDI AC*
YYZ LIS AC*
YYZ MAN AC*
YYZ VCE AC*
BOG BCN AV
BOG LHR AV
BOG MAD AV
CLO MAD AV
MDE MAD AV
MAD GRU CA
DUB LAX ET
DUS EWR LH
DUS ORD LH
FRA ATL LH
FRA BOG LH
FRA BOS LH
FRA CCS LH
FRA CUN LH
FRA DEN LH
FRA DFW LH
FRA DTW LH
FRA EWR LH
FRA EZE LH
FRA GIG LH
FRA GRU LH
FRA IAD LH
FRA IAH LH
FRA JFK LH
FRA LAX LH
FRA MCO LH
FRA MEX LH
FRA MIA LH
FRA ORD LH
FRA PHL LH
FRA PTY LH
FRA SEA LH
FRA SFO LH
FRA TPA LH
FRA YUL LH
FRA YVR LH
FRA YYZ LH
MUC BOS LH
MUC CLT LH
MUC EWR LH
MUC GRU LH
MUC IAD LH
MUC JFK LH
MUC LAX LH
MUC MCO LH
MUC MEX LH
MUC ORD LH
MUC SFO LH
MUC YUL LH
MUC YVR LH
MUC YYZ LH
WAW ORD LO
WAW JFK LO
WAW YYZ LO
GVA JFK LX
ZRH BOS LX
ZRH EWR LX
ZRH GRU LX
ZRH JFK LX
ZRH LAX LX
ZRH MIA LX
ZRH ORD LX
ZRH SFO LX
ZRH YUL LX
LHR LAX NZ
VIE EWR OS
VIE IAD OS
VIE JFK OS
VIE MIA OS
VIE ORD OS
VIE YYZ OS
ARN EWR SK
ARN ORD SK
CPH EWR SK
CPH IAD SK
CPH ORD SK
CPH SFO SK
OSL EWR SK
SVG IAH SK
BRU IAD SN
BRU JFK SN
BCN GRU SQ
DME IAH SQ
FRA JFK SQ
IST ATL TK
IST BOS TK
IST GRU TK
IST IAD TK
IST IAH TK
IST JFK TK
IST LAX TK
IST MIA TK
IST ORD TK
IST SFO TK
IST YUL TK
IST YYZ TK
FNC CCS TP
LIS BEL TP
LIS BOG TP
LIS BSB TP
LIS CCS TP
LIS CNF TP
LIS EWR TP
LIS FOR TP
LIS MAO TP
LIS MIA TP
LIS NAT TP
LIS REC TP
LIS SSA TP
LIS VCP TP
OPO CCS TP
OPO EWR TP
OPO GIG TP
OPO GRU TP
EWR AMS UA
EWR ARN UA
EWR BCN UA
EWR BFS UA
EWR BHX UA
EWR BRU UA
EWR CDG UA
EWR DUB UA
EWR EDI UA
EWR FCO UA
EWR FRA UA
EWR GLA UA
EWR GVA UA
EWR HAM UA
EWR LHR UA
EWR LIS UA
EWR MAD UA
EWR MAN UA
EWR MUC UA
EWR MXP UA
EWR NCL UA
EWR OSL UA
EWR SNN UA
EWR TLV UA
EWR TXL UA
EWR VCE UA
EWR ZRH UA
IAD AMS UA
IAD BRU UA
IAD CDG UA
IAD DUB UA
IAD FCO UA
IAD FRA UA
IAD GVA UA
IAD LHR UA
IAD MAD UA
IAD MAN UA
IAD MUC UA
IAD ZRH UA
IAH AMS UA
IAH FRA UA
IAH LHR UA
IAH MUC UA
LAX LHR UA
ORD AMS UA
ORD BRU UA
ORD CDG UA
ORD DUB UA
ORD EDI UA
ORD FCO UA
ORD FRA UA
ORD LHR UA
ORD MUC UA
ORD SNN UA
SFO CDG UA
SFO FRA UA
SFO LHR UA

AC* = Rouge

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and .

20 Comments

    1. Mostly a judgement call on the MS routes. I’m ignoring other Africa flights so I skipped them, but I’m including TLV (and AMM for oneworld coming next week) so maybe Cairo should be included, too??

      1. I’m not sure why you’re ignoring the Africa routes. MS, ET and SA all fly across the atlantic.

  1. TAP flies LIS-VCP and LIS-CNF (Belo Horizonte) too I think (that’s the TAP/Azul tie up right there)

    if you’re counting south american flights, there’s CA’s GRU-MAD (as part of GRU-MAD-PEK) and SQ’s GRU-BCN (as part of GRU-BCN-SIN)

    LX also flies ZRH-GRU IIRC

  2. Got the extra 5th freedom, AV and LX routes included. And changed LH Group to M&M for accuracy.

    Thanks for the corrections. I knew there would be a few I missed.

  3. Thanks for (re)doing this.

    Are the starred AC flights Rouge/seasonal? It’s probably worth a line making that explicit, at either the top or bottom of the table.

  4. Avianca also operates BOG-BCN.
    An even smaller detail: the chart title stills says Rouge instead of Avianca

  5. Great list. I had been compiling a limited list, and yours is so much better. Thanks!

    Just a suggestion: It would be easier to sort and search if the N American/S America airports were all in one column and the Europe airports were all in the other.

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