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American Airlines to launch Birmingham to NY flights

A brand new flight route between Birmingham Airport and New York’s John F Kennedy Airport will launch next May, American Airlines have announced.

A new flight route between The Midlands and New York will operate from May next year Credit: Felix Hörhager/DPA/Press Association Images

It is hoped that the launch, which will introduce direct daily flights to and from New York from 8 May 2015, will boost business and tourism links, encouraging new intercontinental relationships.

Last year, the West Midlands exported £4.5billion worth of goods to North America and has the largest trade surplus with North America of any UK region, and with global brands such as JLR, JCB, Cadbury and Kraft trading both locally and in the US, this is an important link for Midlands’ business.

The region is also a major tourist destination for Americans, with attractions such as Stratford, Warwick and Birmingham drawing in thousands of visitors every year so we look forward to welcoming many of these tourists into Birmingham next summer and thank the team at American Airlines for recognising the region’s vast market opportunities.

– Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive, Birmingham Airport
The first American Airlines plane will depart from Birmingham Airport on Friday 8th May 2015 Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The new route is expected to provide just under 100,000 seats between Birmingham Airport and JFK.

Customers will also be entitled to earn and redeem British Airways air miles due to a code share between the two airlines.

As the seventh largest airport in the UK, Birmingham Airport currently handles more than nine million passengers.

Adding Birmingham to American’s growing global network is an exciting development.

Tourists from the U.S. 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.

– Suzanne Boda, American Airlines Senior Vice President

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Taxi crash victim thanks "life-savers"

A fashion student from Leicester who was critically injured when a taxi crashed into her in New York has thanked passers-by who saved her.

People on the streets of Manhattan ran to save 23-year-old Sian Green who was on a trip with her best friend.

Now out of hospital, five weeks after having her leg amputated, Miss Green appeared on the Today show.

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Leicester student speaks following taxi crash

A student from Leicester who was seriously injured after being hit by a taxi in New York has given her first television interview just five weeks after her leg was amputated.

23-year-old Sian Green was taken to hospital in critical condition after being hit by a taxi which had mounted the pavement trying to avoid a cyclist in Manhattan.

Sian thanked passers by who helped to save her life and says she still remembers what happened.

Leicestershire woman hit by NY taxi 'improving'

Doctors say the condition of a Leicester woman who lost part of her leg after being hit by a New York taxi is improving.

Evelyn Hernandez, a spokesman for the New York hospital, said Sian Green has been upgraded to fair condition.

New York Police Department investigated the incident but the taxi driver involved in the crash said it was not his fault.

Mohammed Fasyal Himon said he was "very sorry" about the accident and blamed a cyclist for causing the crash.

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NY taxi driver denies fault after Briton's leg severed

The New York taxi driver involved in the crash which cost a British woman part of her leg has denied it was his fault, as he launched a medical fund to help her.

New York City Police officers investigate a taxi cab that jumped a curb and hit several pedestrians in New York's Rockefeller Center. Credit: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

Sian Green has been recovering from surgery at Bellevue Hospital after a yellow cab ploughed into the 24-year-old as she was enjoying the start of a holiday break in the city with a female friend on Tuesday.

Mohammed Fasyal Himon said: "I am praying for her and her family. But it is not my fault. It is just an accident. This is what cab drivers have to deal with every day," he said. "It could have happened to any of us."

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