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Birmingham to New York daily flights start in May 2015

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Image caption The extended runway opened in July and coincided with the beginning of a new route to China

Daily flights from Birmingham Airport to New York are set to begin in May.

The direct flights by American Airlines will operate between Birmingham and John F Kennedy Airport (JFK), officials confirmed.

Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport's chief executive, said the region was a major tourist destination for Americans.

The first flight will arrive from JFK on 8 May at 07:10 BST and depart for a return leg at 10:00, arriving in New York at 12:55 EST.

Suzanne Boda, American Airlines senior vice-president for Asia, Canada and Europe, said: "Adding Birmingham to American's growing global network is an exciting development.

"Tourists from the US will have closer access to a wide range of attractions in the Midlands while business travellers will also be rewarded with greater choice when flying across the Atlantic."

The airport opened its £40m extended runway in July which marked the launch of a new route to China, the only direct air route between the UK and China outside London.

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