United Airlines Announces Impressive International Expansion

United Airlines have just announced an impressive international expansion from Chicago, Denver, New York/Newark and San Francisco.

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United Airlines follows American Airlines by announcing new international routes. Photo: United Airlines

The United announcement comes just a couple of weeks after American Airlines announced their new flights to Budapest, Casablanca, Krakow, Prague and Tel Aviv. The Chicago based airline’s announcement includes brand new flights to Curacao in the Caribbean and two new European routes to Nice, France and Palermo, Italy.

Along with the new destinations, United is adding more options when it comes to European travel with additional flights to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London and Zurich. The airline also confirmed that it would continue with its seasonal service to Athens, Barcelona, Naples and Porto.


In a United Airlines press release about the new routes and continued seasonal flights, the airlines International Network Vice President Patrick Quayle said,


“United’s global network is a tremendous source of pride for our employees and loyal customers – we’re always looking for ways to grow and expand our network to connect our customers to more destinations around the world. These new additions help position United as the airline of choice for customers planning their business or leisure travel.”

New seasonal service between New York/Newark and Curacao

With Labor Day just around the corner and parents busy shopping for back to school supplies, United realize that winter is coming and it won’t be long before people start looking at winter sun destinations.

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United will begin flying to Curacao starting in December. Photo: United Airlines

By adding the Caribbean island of Curacao to its network, it also opens up the other Lesser Antilles islands of Aruba and Bonaire. Flights to United’s 21st Carribean destination will commence on December 7th, 2019 using 737-700 aircraft.

New York/Newark and Nice, France

As the weather begins to start warming up in the South of France next May, United will start its daily nonstop service to Nice from Newark Liberty Airport (EWR) in New Jersey.

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United Airlines to fly to the French Riviera starting in May. Photo: Kiefer via Wikimedia Commons

On the route, United is putting a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft that features 46 premium Polaris business class seats. This is the largest business class cabin of any American carrier’s flight from the United States to the French Riviera.

As well as the Nice flight, flights to Scilly will also originate from EWR with a daily non-stop service to Palermo, United’s fifth destination in Italy.

United flies to more international destinations from Chicago than any other airline

Not really surprising when it is your main hub, but United likes to remind us anyway.
Adding to their destinations will be Zurich, Switzerland starting on March 28th, 2020 with, you guessed it, a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft fitted out with 46 Polaris business class.

United Airlines will have 46 premium Polaris business class seats on its 767 flights. Photo: United Airlines

This will make Zurich the seventh year-round European destination from the “Windy City.”

This new service will complement other flights to the German-speaking canton from Newark, San Francisco and the nation’s capital Washington D.C. United Airlines will also be adding a second daily flight from Newark, New Jersey to Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

These second daily flights will again be operated using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft but will have just 30 Polaris business class seats as opposed to 46 on the other daily flight.

United is looking to increase flights to London and New Delhi

The status of new flights to London and New Delhi depend upon government approval and will commence with a year-round Denver to London flight starting Nov. 1st, 2019.

United flies to more international destinations from Chicago than any other airline. Photo: United Airlines

On this new route, United will deploy a 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft which will make them the only airline offering a nonstop transatlantic and transpacific flight from the state of Colorado. In case you were wondering, the transpacific flight is to Narita International Airport in Japan (NRT).

Originally United Airlines announced that its San Francisco to New Delhi flight would be seasonal, but now the Star Alliance member has decided to make it year-round beginning Dec. 5th, 2019.

What do you think about United Airlines new routes? The one that makes the least amount of sense to me is Nice. Please let us know in the comments.


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Roy Mercer

United FLIES to more international destinations… NOT “fly’s” ….

Arran Rice

Thanks for spotting this typo Roy, it’s been corrected now 🙂


Great news to hear!! United continues to do great things internationally

United’s Newark schedule looks amazing and it’s impressive how spot on their route planners are. They are not eliminating any of their flights.

Hoping for Marrakesh service next year from Newark

Brody Cyr

What about the new Denver routes? I thought they were adding some.

Erik Weseman

United Airlines is expanding its nonstop Denver-London Heathrow service from seasonal to year-round service.

Paul proctor

Typo in lede, form instead of from.

Bob Neil

The new routes in this announcement are all on the 767. However, United is taking delivery of 777s and 787s. So, obviously some current routes being flown on the 767 are going to get upgauged to a 777 or 787 to free up the aircraft for these new routes. Not sure if that will be an announcement or if we will just have to check the future schedules.


I’m quite happy with the new flight to Nice. It’s the airport with the second highest volume in France after the ones in Paris, and skews higher end. Delta already flies the route seasonally, as does all-business class La Compagnie. It’s a large tourism hub and there is a technology center in Sophia-Antipolis. LIke a number of Americans, I have a place there. I’m also interested in Palermo, as I love that side of Sicily and the prior connections were not great.

Bobby Roberts

They also need to invest in training their cabin and ground staff better to handle more international customers. Their service is still rock bottom, especially when compared to leading international carriers such as Singapore, Emirates, Etihad etc.


They could probably afford much better service if the government were giving them billions of dollars in subsidies, like these other airlines receive (Emirates, Etihad, etc).

In-Frequent Flyer

And once again IAD gets nothing new to add. Sure, it may be going to Haneda next year, but it’s only being swapped from Narita. Being a secondary United hub sucks sometimes, and we get MORE diversions headed to Newark during the summer than they would here….