United set its biggest transatlantic expansion ever

By betting on a strong summer, United Airlines has launched the largest transatlantic expansion in the company’s history, the airline announced on Tuesday.

In total, the company will start or resume 30 transatlantic flights until early June. This includes five new direct flights to destinations including Amman, Jordan; Bergen, Norway; Azores, Portugal; Palma de Mallorca, Spain and Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands.

The carrier is also launching five new direct flights to European hubs, including flights between Boston and London, Chicago and Milan, Chicago and Zurich, Denver and Munich and Newark and Nice. In addition, United is resuming 14 Atlantic routes and increasing frequencies in six others, such as Dublin, London-Heathrow, Frankfurt and Rome.

The transatlantic route network will be 25 percent larger based on available seat miles than it was in 2019, said United SVP for international networks and alliances Patrick Quayle.

While many of these destinations are more geared towards leisure travelers, Quayle noted the addition of service to such business centers as Zurich and Munich, increased service to Dublin and Rome and “our 22 daily flights to London, which are based on the core of business travel, “he said. “We are seeing strong demand and a strong pickup of these flights.”

Along with the added European destinations, United will offer daily flights between Washington / Dulles and Accra, Ghana on May 8, and extend its existing seasonal route to Cape Town to year-round, with non-stop flights from Newark resuming on June 5, cf. government approval, according to the carrier.

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