Earlier today, United Airlines announced plans to add 10 new flights to its roster, all part of the U.S. flag carrier’s largest transatlantic expansion and just in time for anyone planning to travel abroad in spring or summer 2022.
Beginning in May 2022, United Airlines will offer service from the U.S. to five new international destinations, all cities and locales that have yet to be served by another major U.S. carrier. The new routes, which will operate three times per week, are as follows:
- Washington, D.C. (IAD) to Amman, Jordan (AMM) abroad the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner beginning May 5, 2022.
- Newark (EWR) to Ponta Delgado in the Azores, Portugal (PDL) aboard the Boeing 737 MAX 8 beginning May 13, 2022, with seasonal daily service from June to August, 2022.
- Newark (EWR) to Bergen, Norway (BGO) aboard the Boeing 757–200 beginning May 20, 2022.
- Newark (EWR) to Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands (TFS) aboard the Boeing 757–200 beginning June 2, 2022.
- Newark (EWR) to Palma de Mallorca, Spain (PMI) aboard the 767–300E beginning June 9, 2022.
United Airlines will also launch new routes from Denver (DEN) to Munich (MUC) beginning April 23, 2022, meant to complement current service from Denver (DEN) to Frankfurt (FRA); Washington, D.C. (IAD) to Berlin (BER) beginning May 6, 2022, meant to complement current service from Newark (EWR) to Berlin (BER); and Chicago (ORD) to Milan (MXP) beginning May 6, 2022, meant to complement current service between Chicago (ORD) and Rome (FCO). The carrier is also throwing in a second daily flight to Dublin (DUB) as of April 23, 2022, and Rome (FCO) as of May 26, 2022.
“Given our big expectations for a rebound in travel to Europe for summer, this is the right time to leverage our leading global network in new, exciting ways,” said United Airlines’ Senior Vice President of International Network and Alliances, Patrick Quayle, in a press release. “Our expansion offers the widest range of destinations to discover—introducing new, trendy locales that our customers will love, as well as adding more flights to iconic, popular cities.”
The carrier will also restart daily service to a several cities throughout Japan, India, Germany, France and Switzerland, which had been interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. You can expect daily flights from Newark (EWR), Los Angeles (LAX) and Washington, D.C. (IAD) to Tokyo (HND) to resume as of March 26, 2022; Chicago (ORD) to Zurich (ZRH), plus a second daily flight from Newark (EWR) to Frankfurt (FRA) to resume as of April 23, 2022; Newark (EWR) to Nice, France (NCE) to resume as of April 29, 2022; and San Francisco (SFO) to Bangalore, India (BLR) to resume as of May 26, 2022.
Keep in mind that the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over and things can change at any time depending on government health and safety protocols. As of this writing, travelers are still required to show negative results from a Covid-19 test or proof of recovery from Covid-19 before returning to the United States. Whether or not you’re vaccinated, be prepared to follow any rules and regulations regarding vaccination, mask-wearing, social distancing, testing and quarantining in the places you’re visiting to help prevent the spread of the virus.