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United Airlines has grown to become the largest carrier across the Atlantic and Pacific. It announced today that international bookings are up 15% year over year as travel demand for Europe and newly reopened destinations in Asia continues to drive bookings. United will serve 114 international destinations this summer, including around 25 new routes. These have all been announced already, but in aggregate it’s impressive with flights up 25% from 2022.
Among the new routes and frequencies, United highlighted:
- New service to Malaga, Dubai, and Stockholm
- Additional flights to Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Shannon, Edinburgh, and Naples
- Almost 24 daily flights to London-Heathrow
- Continued service for routes introduced last year to Amman, the Azores, Palma de Mallorca, and Tenerife
- Expanded service to Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane
- 10 daily transpacific flights to Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita, and Osaka
- Flights to Seoul, South Korea twice daily
- Service to Hong Kong
United has been inventive with route planning to leisure destinations and secondary cities. While business travel slowed down dramatically during the pandemic, it added direct flights to tons of leisure destinations. These have been popular and United is the only US carrier serving many of them.
Anthony’s Take: Kudos to United. It’s exciting to see new markets open and to have options that do not require a connection in a foreign airport. There are multiple destinations that I have yet to explore and I’m looking at some of these for future travel. Coming from Chicago, getting to places like Malaga or the Azores becomes much easier with a simple connection in Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
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