United Airlines is growing capacity in time for the summer with 400 additional daily flights and increasing services to Europe.
The increase will mean it is United’s largest schedule since before the pandemic, with 80 per cent of its July 2019 schedule being operated, following a 214 per cent increase in bookings for the summer compared to 2020.
In the US, the airline will add new routes to Bozeman, Orange County, Raleigh, and Yellowstone/Cody.
The airline is also adjusting its flight times at its hubs at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport to provide more convenient options for customers.
The new routes will mean United’s domestic network will be 17 per cent larger in July than it was in June.
United is adding flight banks in Chicago and Washington DC to provide customers with convenient connection options.
In Chicago, the airline will add two new banks for a total of nine flight banks and more than 480 daily departures across the globe.
In Washington DC, United is adding a third bank to its operation, and will operate more than 220 daily departures.
United Airlines vice president of domestic network planning and scheduling Ankit Gupta said: “This July we’re taking a big step toward flying at pre-pandemic levels for our domestic network.
“By adjusting our bank structures at two key hub airports, we’re able to offer our customers easy connections to destinations across the US, so they can start their vacations at times convenient for them.”
Internationally, United is giving travellers more options to visit Europe from New York/Newark by adding an additional weekly flight to Dubrovnik, Croatia and operating a larger aircraft to Athens, Greece.
United will move up its brand-new service between New York/Newark and Dubrovnik to July 1.
The airline is also resuming daily service to Athens from New York/Newark in June, and in July will use a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft which includes United Premium Plus seats.
This builds on brand new service to Athens from Washington DC beginning in July. United will also add a second flight from Washington DC to Frankfurt, providing an evening departure with one-stop connections to over 50 cities in Europe.
The airline is also planning to resume service to Spain and Portugal with flights from New York/Newark to Barcelona, Lisbon and Madrid, subject to these countries re-opening to vaccinated tourists.
Patrick Quayle, vice president of international network and alliances at United, said: “As we start to see a strong desire from our customers to travel internationally to re-opened countries, we are excited to move up service and add a fourth weekly flight to Dubrovnik, Croatia.
“And with the additional seats we’re adding to Athens, Greece, we continue to make creative adjustments to match our service with customer trends.”