United Airlines is significantly stepping up its international flying. While services remain a shadow of what they were, United notes today that there are glimmers of hope. In addition to increasing transatlantic services, United Airlines is re-opening schedules to destinations across the Caribbean and Latin America. Services to Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Singapore are also resuming.
The newly expanded services will commence in July (services to Delhi are subject to government approval). United Airlines says the schedule will be loaded onto its website in the coming days. While capacity is currently down 90% on last year, United Airlines expects this to scale back to 75% by July.
The pace picks up in at both Newark and Washington Dulles
From United’s usually busy Newark hub, the airline has maintained daily flights to Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, Tel Aviv, and thrice-weekly flights to Paris. From July, United Airlines will start flying four times a week to Dublin, and daily to Delhi (subject to approval), Montego Bay, Nassau, Punta Cana, Santiago, Santo Domingo, and Aguadilla. Existing flights to Tokyo Narita from Newark will increase to daily.
Out of Washington Dulles, United Airlines has been maintaining a daily service to Frankfurt. Four more cities will be added to United’s Washington departure boards from July. Daily services to Brussels, Zurich, and London will resume. In addition, there will be a thrice-weekly service to Munich.
A range of resuming services from Houston
Another key United Airlines port is Houston. Currently, the airline is flying out of Houston to Sao Paulo, Managua, San Jose, Tegucigalpa, Leon, Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta, San Jose del Cabo, St Thomas, and San Juan.
The frequency of some of these services is increasing. Flights between Houston and Managua and Houston and San Juan are ramping up to daily. Services to San Jose, Cancun, and Tegucigalpa will be going to twice daily.
In addition, there will be several resuming services from Houston beginning in July. There will be daily services to Ecuador, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi, Punta Cana, and Montego Bay. Twice daily services will resume between Houston and Nassau, Guatemala, San Pedro Sula, San Salvador, and Panama City.
Both Belize City and Liberia will see services five times a week from Houston. Buenos Aires and Lima will both get thrice-weekly United Airlines’ services.
Increased international flying from Chicago and San Francisco
Over in the midwest, United’s daily service to London from Chicago will be retained. From July, there will be a second international service from United’s home base, with a five times weekly service across to Tokyo Haneda.
Further west still, services are stepping up out of United’s San Francisco hub. The airline has been running daily services across to both Tokyo Narita and Sydney. These will continue. United’s service to Frankfurt out of SFO is also ramping up to daily.
In addition, there will be several resuming flights out of San Francisco. Services to Hong Kong and Singapore will re-start, running five times a week. Plus, Delhi (subject to approval), Seoul, and Tel Aviv will see three flights a week out of SFO.
United Airlines has won a lot of fans in recent months by keeping some key intercontinental services running while other airlines suspended services. Now, the Chicago-based carrier is at the forefront in resuming services to destinations just starting to re-open. With any luck, United’s persistence and loyalty to those markets and its customers will pay off for them.