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Mon, 10 April 2023

United Airlines Expands International Flight Options for Summer 2023

(10/04/23)  United Airlines has confirmed that it will fly to 114 different international cities this summer, expanding flights by 25% compared to last year to meet the sharp increase in demand for travel outside of the USA.

According to United booking data, international bookings in March 2023 were 15% higher than the same month in 2022.

Highlights of United's 2023 summer schedule include:

- New service to Malaga, Dubai and Stockholm;
- Additional flights to Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Shannon, Edinburgh and Naples;
- Almost two dozen daily flights to London Heathrow;
- Service to Amman, the Azores, Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife;
- Expanded service to Australia, serving Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane;
- 10 daily transpacific flights to Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita and Osaka;
- Twice-daily flights to Seoul, South Korea from San Francisco; and
- Service to Hong Kong from San Francisco.

"United will give travelers more options than ever before this summer – especially if they want to fly internationally," said Patrick Quayle, senior vice president of global network planning and alliances. "With unprecedented demand for travel overseas, we'll have more service to popular cities while also adding new and unique destinations for customers to explore."

United Boeing 777 reg: N37018 flying LHR to EWR. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.
United Boeing 777 reg: N37018 flying LHR to EWR

New York/Newark – Dubai, UAE

On 25 March, United launched a daily service between New York/Newark and Dubai operated with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. The flight is part of a historic commercial agreement between the airline and Emirates that will enhance each airline's network and give their customers easier access to hundreds of destinations within the United States and around the world. MileagePlus members traveling on United's New York/Newark-Dubai flight can earn and redeem award miles on connecting flights to nearly 75 destinations in the Emirates and flydubai networks.

New York/Newark – Malaga, Spain

United is adding a fifth Spanish destination to its global network with new direct flights between New York/Newark and Malaga. Starting 31 May, travelers will be able to explore Spain's Mediterranean coast with three flights per week to Malaga on a Boeing 757-200. United will this summer offer direct flights to three Spanish cities: Malaga, Tenerife and Palma de Mallorca.

New York/Newark – Stockholm, Sweden

On 27 May, United will return to Stockholm for the first time since 2019 with a daily service using Boeing 757-200 from New York/Newark. United first began serving Stockholm in 2005.

San Francisco – Rome, Italy

United will offer a daily service between San Francisco and Rome from 25 May using Boeing 777-200ER. United will this summer offer non-stop flights to seven popular European cities. In Italy, the airline also operates flights to Rome, Milan, Venice and Naples.

Chicago/O'Hare – Shannon, Ireland

Beginning 25 May, United will add more seasonal flights to Shannon, Ireland with new daily flights from Chicago O'Hare. United is the only U.S. carrier to offer direct flights to Shannon with its existing seasonal service from New York/Newark, and also offers direct flights to Dublin from Chicago, New York/Newark and Washington Dulles. United will fly a Boeing 757-200 on this route.

Washington Dulles – Berlin, Germany

United will begin a capital-to-capital service between Washington, D.C. and Berlin, Germany on 25 May using Boeing 767-400ER. United also operates year-round flights from Newark to Berlin.

Chicago/O'Hare – Barcelona, Spain

United will expand its European network from Chicago this summer with new direct, daily flights to Barcelona using a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, starting 25 May. The new flight builds on United's existing service to Barcelona from New York/Newark and Washington Dulles. This summer, United will fly to 14 destinations in Europe from Chicago.

More Flights to Paris and London

United will have 23 daily flights to London Heathrow this summer, with the recent addition of a second daily flight between Los Angeles and London Heathrow using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The new flight builds upon United's recent London expansion, with additional flights from Newark, San Francisco and Denver, as well as new flights from Boston.

The airline is also adding more options for travel between Washington Dulles and Paris Charles de Gaulle with a second daily flight launching 2 June, operated by a Boeing 777-200ER. United currently offers year-round flights to Paris from New York/Newark, Washington Dulles, Chicago and San Francisco.

Resumption of Unique Seasonal Service and Added Flights to Popular Destinations

Along with adding new flights, United will fly nine transatlantic routes it added last summer, including direct flights between New York/Newark and Nice; Denver and Munich; Boston and London Heathrow; Chicago/O'Hare and Zurich; and Chicago/O'Hare and Milan, as well as flights to four destinations not served by any other North American airline, including Amman, Jordan; Azores, Portugal; Palma de Mallorca, Spain and Tenerife, Spain.

United has also added a second seasonal frequency from New York/Newark to Edinburgh, Scotland from 25 May to 27 October and from New York/Newark to Naples, Italy from 23 June to 7 September.

Asia Pacific Expansion

This summer, United will serve 27 destinations across the Pacific. Excluding Mainland China and Hong Kong, United's capacity across the Pacific will exceed 2019 levels by more than 15% this summer. The airline recently resumed pre-pandemic service between Denver-Tokyo/Narita and San Francisco-Hong Kong, and added new service to Tokyo/Haneda from Washington Dulles and Los Angeles.

United will also have an expanded schedule between Australia and the U.S., including non-stop routes to Australia's three largest cities – Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Plus, the airline's recently launched codeshare partnership with Virgin Australia also allows travelers to make easy connections to more than 20 additional cities within Australia.

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