United Airlines Launches the Only Direct Flights to Naples

If you in or near NYC, getting to Naples and the Amalfi coast is about to get much easier. United Airlines announced that it is launching daily, nonstop (seasonal) service from New York/Newark to Naples, Italy. The service will start on on May 22 and run through Oct. 26, 2019. It will be the only nonstop service between the United States and Naples. United also flies to Rome, Milan and Venice from the U.S.

The move is well-timed as American travelers’ interest in Italy continues to rise. 14.4% more U.S. visitors arrived at Italian airports last June to September than the previous year according to Italiy’s national tourist board. The Amalfi Coast, a 50-kilometer ribbon of idyllic coastline, remains one of the country’s top destinations, racking up some five million visitors each year. It is one of my favorite cities to visit. The food in unmatched, beaches second to none and there’s a lot of things to see within a short distance.

Getting there though from the US was not the easiest endeavor. Meridiana did offer direct flights for a few year, out of JFK, but that’s no longe rthe case as they merged with Air Italy.  Most people would get there from Rome by high-speed train, or would have to fly with Aer Lingus, via Dublin, or Lufthansa, via Frankfurt or Munich.

The price of these flights, as of now, is not cheap at all. It could cost you over $1,000 for a round trip ticket in economy.  If you use United miles, then it costs 30,000 miles for one-way award saver in Economy and 60,000 for one way in Business class.

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