Europe is such a popular destination for visitors from all over the world, but especially those from the USA, the Middle East, and Asia.
The diversity of cultures, cuisine, scenery, and history in Europe is what attracts many of the tourists who come here, and with so many airlines now offering flights to Europe it has become very easy and affordable to travel long distances.
Competition between the many different airlines who offer these routes has resulted in higher quality services and a larger range of options.
If you’re planning a trip to experience some of Europe’s best cities here are some of the airlines you could consider:
Nice and the French Riviera
While Nice itself is a fairly small town its airport is not. The Nice Cote d’Azur Airport is actually the third busiest in France, only behind the two Paris airports for passenger numbers.
It serves not only the beautiful resort town of Nice, but the whole of the French Riviera, and the airport is also the main international gateway for Monaco.
So which airlines fly here? From the United States you can fly to Nice with Delta Airlines; they offer seasonal flights from New York JFK.
Emirates has year-round flights to Nice from Dubai, or if you can get to Doha you can fly with Qatar Airways.
There are no direct flights from South America or Asia at this time (2013), but there are many options for airlines who fly from these regions to cities like London, Paris, and Frankfurt, and from there you can get connecting flights to Nice.
Istanbul Ataturk Airport is the main airport serving the magical city of Istanbul, but there is also a second airport that is seeing an increasing number of airlines using it too.
The Sabiha Gokcen Airport is further away from the popular historic heart of the city, and it’s on the Asian side of Bosphorus, but still a good alternative.
Istanbul Ataturk is covered by all the world’s major airlines so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting a flight to Istanbul from most regions of the world.
As with flights to Nice, Delta Airlines has seasonal flights to Istanbul from New York JFK, while Turkish Airlines flies from New York, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington DC.
In fact, Turkish Airlines is, understandably, the main airline for flights to Turkey. They also fly from Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Delhi, Mumbai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, and Dubai.
Other airlines offering these routes include Saudia who fly from Riyadh, Jeddah, and Madinah, and Emirates from Dubai.
The Sabiha Gokcen Airport mainly handles some lower cost and charter airlines, and the majority of flights are from within Europe and the Middle East.
For example, Flydubai has flights from Dubai, and Nas Air flies to Istanbul from Jeddah and Riyadh.
Malaga Airport is Spain’s fourth busiest and has long been one of the top airports for tourist travel to Spain.
It’s at its busiest during the peak summer season when it’s used as the gateway to the world famous Costa del Sol.
Though there are some airlines offering flights to Malaga from outside the EU, there isn’t much in the way of direct flights from the USA, Asia, or Middle East.
The best option from these countries would be to fly to a major hub such as London, Madrid or Paris, and get a connecting flight to Madrid from there.
Thomson Airways, British Airways, EasyJet, and Monarch are some of the airlines that fly from London Gatwick, for example.
Serving the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona is the Barcelona-El Prat Airport which is just 12 kilometres outside the centre.
Behind Madrid, this is Spain’s second busiest airport, handling many of the millions of tourists who come to enjoy this appealing city every year.
There are direct flights to Barcelona from the USA with American Airlines, flying from Miami and New York JFK, and also from New York with Delta.
Delta Air Lines also has a seasonal flight from Atlanta to Barcelona. United Airlines is another option for flights from New York, this time from the Newark airport, while US Airways flies from Philadelphia. From South America, Singapore Airlines has a route from Sao Paulo.
Currently there’s just one airline with a flight from the Middle East, and that’s Emirates from Dubai.
Coming from other Middle Eastern countries or Asia, you would, again, have to fly via another European hub to get here.
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Now to Italy’s Eternal City, Rome. It’s the capital and largest city of the country, attracting millions of tourists every year from around the world who come to see its ancient history, culture, and joie de vivre.
The airport officially has a long name, Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, though it’s often abbreviated to just Fiumicino or Rome Fiumicino.
As you would expect there are many airlines offering flights to Rome from around the world.
Alitalia, Italy’s flag carrier, has its hub here so they have many different routes on offer including from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil, Tokyo, and Abu Dhabi.
They also have US flights from Boston, Miami, and New York JFK, with seasonal flights from Chicago.
American Airlines also has seasonal flights from Chicago, and year-round flights from JFK, plus US Airways flies to Rome from Philadelphia, and United Airlines from Washington DC, with Newark seasonally.
Delta Air Lines flies from Atlanta year-round, and Detroit and JFK seasonally.
Rome is also quite well connected to the Middle East with Emirates flying from Dubai, Alitalia from Abu Dhabi, and Saudia from Riyadh and Jeddah.
And finally from Asia there’s Alitalia with flights from Tokyo, and China Airlines from Delhi.
Milan, Italy’s second largest city is hugely popular too, and it’s famous for its association with the fashion world.
Milan is a beautiful city in many ways, and it’s well connected with the outside world.
There are actually three international airports serving the city with the main one being the Milan Malpensa Airport.
It’s a fair distance away from the city centre but is connected via the Malpensa Express railway.
Like Rome, Milan is used by many international airlines connecting North and South America, the Middle East and Asia to the city.
Alitalia has flights to Milan from New York JFK, and Tokyo, and you can also fly from the States with American Airlines, Delta, and Emirates (later in 2013) from JFK.
Newark is another option with United Airlines,a nd from South America TAM Airlines flies from Sao Paulo.
Emirates has flights from Dubai to Milan, while Saudi Arabia is well connected with flights from Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways, and from Riyadh and Jeddah with Saudia.
The Dutch capital city, Amsterdam, is home to the country’s main international airport so it’s a busy place serving as the main hub for Dutch airline KLM, and as the European hub for Delta Air Lines.
Officially known as Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, it’s about 20 minutes outside the capital and is linked by bus and train.
Arkefly has flights to Amsterdam from Dubai, Miami, Orlando-Sanford, and seasonal flights to Los Angeles Las Vegas, and Oakland.
With its hub here, Delta Air Lines has numerous routes to Amsterdam from US cities including Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, JFK, Newark, Portland, Seattle, as well as from Mumbai.
Emirates has flights from Dubai, and Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi. Garuda Indonesia also flies from Abu Dhabi.
KLM is the other big airline here, covering the Middle East, US, Brazil, and Japan with flights from Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Chicago, Delhi, Dubai, Houston, LA, JFK, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, and Washington.
United Airlines flights come from Chicago, Houston, Newark, and Washington, and finally, US Airways from Philadelphia.
The capital of Germany, Berlin, was once a divided city but today there’s little evidence to show this was ever the case.
Berlin is going from strength to strength and its airports are reflective of this: there are two international airports currently serving the city, and another one under construction.
Berlin Tegel is currently the main international airport for Berlin and it’s just a short distance north west of the city centre, though once the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport opens this one will no longer handle commercial air traffic.
Air Berlin is the largest airline operator here, with flights to the United States and Middle East including Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and JFK. You can also fly with United Airlines from Newark.
There are no direct flights to Berlin from Asian countries at this time, though this could change when the new airport opens.