United launches Winter service with 50 additional daily flights

United launched its international winter schedule this year with 50 additional daily flights compared to last winter, and has become the first U.S. carrier to fly direct from the continental U.S. to Manila, Philippines and will be the only carrier to fly between the U.S. and Christchurch, New Zealand, starting this December.

United will also be the first U.S. airline to return to Beijing when service from San Francisco resumes on Nov. 9. In total, the airline will fly to more than 110 international destinations and grow its schedule by more than 25% versus last year, the largest winter expansion in its history.

To meet the growing demand for international travel, United strategically expanded its network with new and increased flying to key markets this winter, including:

  • New service to Manila, Philippines and soon Christchurch, New Zealand
  • New flights to AucklandBrisbaneHong KongTokyo/Narita, San Juan and Montego Bay
  • Daily service to Beijing and Shanghai
  • Extended service to AthensBarcelonaRome and Paris
United Launches Winter Service with 50 Additional Daily Nonstops to International Cities, Including Manila, Philippines and Christchurch, New Zealand

“United’s industry-leading international network has always set it apart from the competition, and we continue to find new ways to bring our customers the locations and schedules that they want,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances.

“This winter is no exception, as we further expand and deliver unparalleled connectivity around the globe.”

This year, United saw an unprecedented surge in Asia-Pacific travel demand and continues to rebuild its network across the Pacific to serve this sustained strength in the market.

The airline’s transpacific network is 94% larger this winter than last winter, with a historic expansion in the South Pacific, the rebuilding of its China network and the addition of 15 daily non-stop flights across the Pacific region. This will make United’s Asia-Pacific network larger than pre-COVID for the first time.

United is in the midst of the largest South Pacific expansion in aviation history, adding over 40% more flights between the U.S. and Australia/New Zealand for the winter season, compared to last year.

This winter, United will operate 66 flights between the U.S. and Australia/New Zealand per week.

United also continues to rebuild its network in mainland China. On October 1, the airline increased its service to Shanghai with a daily flight from San Francisco, and will resume its daily San FranciscoBeijing flights on November 9.

United has expanded its network in Latin America and the Caribbean by 30% this winter compared to last year. As part of its historic expansion out of Denver, the airline introduced two new Caribbean routes from the hub: Denver-San Juan, Puerto Rico launched on October 29 and Denver-Montego Bay, Jamaica launches on November 4.

United continues to add service from its hubs in Chicago, New York/Newark, and Washington-Dulles to destinations across the Caribbean, including Aruba, Bonaire, Grand Cayman Islands and The Bahamas.

The airline has also grown its network in Mexico by nearly 15%, compared to last winter and is now the largest carrier to the Riviera Maya region.