Business travel

United establishes its biggest ever transatlantic expansion

Betting on a solid summer, United Airlines has launched the biggest transatlantic expansion in the company’s history, the carrier announced on Tuesday.

In total, the company will launch or resume 30 transatlantic flights until the beginning of June. This includes five new nonstop flights to destinations such as Amman, Jordan; Bergen, Norway; Azores, Portugal; Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands.

The carrier is also launching five new nonstop flights to European hubs, including flights between Boston and London, Chicago and Milan, Chicago and Zurich, Denver and Munich, and Newark and Nice. In addition, United is taking over 14 Atlantic routes and increasing frequencies on six others, such as Dublin, London-Heathrow, Frankfurt and Rome.

The transatlantic route network will be 25% larger on an available seat-mile basis than it was in 2019, said Patrick Quayle, United’s senior vice president of international network and alliances.

While many of these destinations cater more to leisure travellers, Quayle noted the addition of services to business centers such as Zurich and Munich, increased service to Dublin and Rome, and “our 22 flights a day to London, which are essentially business travel based,” he said. “We are seeing strong demand and a strong upturn for these flights.”

In addition to the added European destinations, United will offer daily flights between Washington/Dulles and Accra, Ghana on May 8 and expand its existing seasonal service to Cape Town year-round, with nonstop flights from Newark resuming June 5, subject to government approval, depending on the carrier.