United Ramps Up International Flying for Summer

As summer approaches, United is launching an impressive list of 31 international routes. The carrier is taking advantage of peak summer travel demand with the launch of two new destinations for the carrier: Naples, Italy (NAP) and Prague, Czech Republic (PRG).

United will also return to popular tourist destinations like Athens (ATH), Reykjavik (KEF), and Venice (VCE) – flights operated seasonally from United’s hub in Newark (EWR).

United Polaris business class
United Polaris business class cabin. Image: United.

United is the only US carrier flying nonstop to Naples, Italy (NAP). Both American and Delta serve Prague (PRG) seasonally, from Philadelphia (PHL) and New York (JFK) respectively.

“We are particularly excited to add our newest destinations, Naples and Prague, to our ever-growing route map.”

Nine seasonal routes from Newark (EWR) to Europe

Deal-or-no-deal Brexit hasn’t curtailed United’s growth in Europe, where the carrier will add nine summer-seasonal routes:

  • Newark (EWR) – Athens, Greece (ATH) begins May 22 
  • Newark (EWR) – Glasgow, Scotland (GLA) begins April 29 
  • Newark (EWR) – Naples, Italy (NAP) begins May 22 
  • Newark (EWR) – Porto, Portugal (OPO) begins April 29 
  • Newark (EWR) – Prague, Czech Republic (PRG) begins June 6 
  • Newark (EWR) – Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) begins June 6 
  • Newark (EWR) – Shannon, Ireland (SNN) now flying 
  • Newark (EWR) – Stockholm (ARN) begins April 29  
  • Newark (EWR) – Venice, Italy (VCE) begins April 29 

United Newark to Prague Naples United offers nine seasonal routes to Europe from Newark (EWR). Image: GCMap. 

United relaunches three non-hub international routes

United operates fewer than a dozen point-to-point routes (non-hub flying), mostly from its former hub in Cleveland, so it’s a bit surprising to see the seasonal return of three Continental-era routes to Cancun. Still, it’s easy to fill a Saturday flight to Cancun; just ask Delta or Southwest!

United will resume its seasonal, Saturday-only service from three US cities to Cancun (CUN):

  • Austin (AUS) – Cancun (CUN) begins June 8 
  • San Antonio (SAT) – Cancun (CUN) begins June 8 
  • New Orleans (MSY) – Cancun (CUN) begins June 8  

Flights operate on Boeing 737-800 and 737-900 aircraft with a flight time of just over two hours.

United Airlines Cancun Flights
United operates seasonal, Saturday-only service to Cancun (CUN) from three non-hub cities. Image by GCMap.

Denver (DEN) and San Francisco (SFO) boost transatlantic flights

United’s growing hub in Denver (DEN) will see the return of a seasonal route to London Heathrow (LHR) and a new year-round flight to Frankfurt (FRA). Both European flights are operated on United’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner which, unfortunately, do not feature Premium Plus.

United Premium Plus International Premium Economy
United Premium Plus, the carrier’s new premium economy cabin. Image by United.

United’s love for San Francisco (SFO) continues with three additional links to Europe. United recently announced daily year-round service from San Francisco (SFO) to Amsterdam (AMS), however, the route has since been trimmed to summer-seasonal. Munich (MUC) and Zurich (ZRH) also return as seasonal flights from San Francisco (SFO) on April 29.