With the new service from Newark Liberty, United only offers direct flights between the USA and Croatia
The airline’s new seasonal routes, which include Washington Dulles to Athens and Chicago to Reykjavik flights, are on sale now and are scheduled to begin in July
With countries reopened to vaccinated travelers, United remains the only airline that allows customers to upload results to their mobile app and website through the Travel-Ready Center
NEWARK, April 19, 2021 United is adding new flights to its international network – including non-stop flights from Newark Liberty Airport to Croatia – and adding more summer travel opportunities by flying direct to countries that have recently reopened to vaccinated visitors. Along with the new connection to Dubrovnik, Croatia, United will begin offering direct flights from Washington Dulles International Airport to Athens (Greece) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Reykjavik (Iceland) from July, all of which are subject to government approval.
United’s Travel Ready Center allows customers to upload their COVID-19 test and vaccine documentation and get certified prior to check-in so customers can get their boarding pass before they get to the airport. United is the only airline that does this seamlessly on the airline’s mobile app. The addition of these new routes reflects the increased interest shown by United customers: In the last month, searches on United.com for flights to Croatia, Greece and Iceland increased by 61%. And starting today, customers can book travel on United.com and through the United Mobile App.
“As countries around the world begin to reopen, leisure travelers are eager to take a long-awaited getaway to new international destinations,” said Patrick Quayle, vice president of international networks and alliances. “These three new routes open up the natural beauty of nature to our guests. You are also the latest example of how United remains agile as we rebuild our network. “
United plans to launch the only non-stop service between the US and Croatia on July 8, with connections to Dubrovnik on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. The airline will operate three weekly flights between Newark and Dubrovnik on a 30-seat Boeing 767-300ER in United Polaris Business Class through October 3rd. The flights operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Newark and Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays from Dubrovnik and are expected to connect Newark with over 65 cities in North America.
United will expand its service to Athens with daily flights from Washington Dulles from July 1st through October 3rd. This new route marks the first time that daily non-stop flights between Washington DC and Athens have been offered. The schedule is intended for connections in Washington Dulles to over 95 cities in North America and is operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with Polaris Business with all-aisle access and United Premium Plus seats. This builds on United’s existing daily summer service to Athens from Newark Liberty International Airport, which will resume on June 3rd.
United is expanding its service to Iceland with the first US carrier service from Chicago to Reykjavik, starting July 1 and running daily through October 3. The schedule for connections in Chicago O’Hare to over 100 cities in North America is planned and operated by a Boeing 757-200 with 16 flat business class seats in the Polaris cabin. This new service builds on United’s existing service to Reykjavik from Newark. Daily flights will resume on June 3rd and will continue until October 29th.
These new routes are just the latest adjustments United is making to its international schedule to respond to increased demand. In addition:
- United is adding three new markets in Africa *: From May 14, three times a week from Washington Dulles to Accra, Ghana, from Washington Dulles three times a week to Lagos, Nigeria, from the end of this year and daily to Johannesburg, South Africa from Newark from 3 June.
- United expands its India portfolio to 5 daily flights with new service from San Francisco to Bangalore starting May 27th
- United expands its service to Tel Aviv as Israel prepares to welcome group tourists back. Chicago service will resume three times a week on May 7th and San Francisco will be expanded to daily service on June 3rd, for a total of 24 weekly frequencies.
- In May, United will resume service from Newark to Rome and Milan and from Chicago to Munich, Amsterdam and Tokyo Haneda
- United will resume flights between San Francisco and Tahiti in June.
Vaccinated travelers may still be subject to local restrictions on quarantines, testing, curfews, and other requirements. Customers should check with their travel destination or United’s travel guide for specific details.
Commitment to a safe journey
United is committed to putting health and safety first on every customer trip, with the goal of achieving industry-leading standards of cleanliness with its United CleanPlus program. United has partnered with Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic to redefine cleaning and health safety procedures from check-in to landing, and implemented more than a dozen new policies, protocols and innovations focused on the safety of customers and employees are. Customers can visit United’s Travel Ready Center to manage entry requirements at various destinations and find places to take tests.
United’s common purpose is to “connect people. Unite the world. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter and Instagram, or connect on Facebook. UAL’s common stock is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol “UAL”.
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