• Joe Breitfeller

United Airlines Adds 26 New Nonstop Routes, Resumes Over 20 Domestic Routes For Memorial Day

Updated: Mar 26

United Airlines is adding new direct flights to popular coastal getaways for Memorial Day weekend including new 26 nonstop routes. Internationally, the carrier will offer 100 percent of their pre-pandemic schedule to Latin America and resume service to other gateways.


United Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner - Courtesy United Airlines

On Thursday (March 25, 2021), United Airlines announced a major schedule expansion from Memorial Day weekend with the launch of 26 new direct routes and the resumption of over 20 domestic routes. The new routes include service between Midwest cities including Cleveland, Cincinnati and Milwaukee to popular coastal destinations such as Hilton Head (South Carolina), Pensacola (Florida) and Portland, Maine. United will also launch new service between Orange County, California and Honolulu.


In Thursday’s announcement, United Airlines’ Vice President – Domestic Network Planning and Scheduling, Ankit Gupta, said,

“In the past few weeks, we have seen the strongest flight bookings since the start of the pandemic. As we rebuild our schedule to meet that demand, adding in seasonal point-to-point flying is just one of the ways we are finding opportunities to add new and exciting service. And as we have done throughout the entire pandemic, we will continue being nimble and strategic with our network to add the right service to the destinations our customers want to visit.”


During May, United will offer over 100 percent of their pre-pandemic international schedule to Latin America, versus 2019, including more flights to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. The airline also plans on resuming service from Chicago to Tokyo-Haneda and Amsterdam, as well as flights between New York-Newark and Milan and Rome. In total, for May 2021, United Airlines will operate 52 percent of their schedule compared to May 2019.

United Express Bombardier CRJ-550 - Courtesy United Airlines

From May 27, 2021, the carrier will start point-to-point (PTP) service to Charleston, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), Pensacola (Florida) and Portland Maine from seven cities including Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Indianapolis. The new PTP flights will operate through Labor Day weekend and the routes will be operated with United’s new Bombardier CRJ0550s, the world’s first two-cabin 50-seat aircraft. The spacious regional jet features 10 First Class, 20 Economy Plus, and 20 Economy seats, as well as more legroom, enough overhead bin space for every customer to carry-on a roller bag and Wi-Fi.


United Launches New Point-to-Point Frequencies - Courtesy United Airlines

United Airlines continues to be a leader in service to Hawaii, with over 200 weekly flights and new service between Orange County and Honolulu. From May, the airline will launch United Premium Plus® service on select Hawaii routes with larger seats and a complimentary meal. Premium Plus will be available on flights from Chicago and Denver to Honolulu and Maui and from June will be expanded to include flights on the Chicago-Kona, Houston-Honolulu, and Newark-Maui routes.


Complementing the new point-to-point service, United Airlines is also resuming 20 domestic routes and launching three new domestic routes with direct flights between Houston and Kalispell (Montana), Washington D.C. and Bozeman (Montana) and Chicago and Nantucket (Massachusetts). Overall, the airline will operate 58 percent of their domestic schedule in May versus May 2019.

For May, United will operate 46 percent of their international schedule compared to the same period in 2019. The carrier will operate more flights to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America versus 2019, with more options to Central America than any other U.S. airline. Additionally, United will resume service between Chicago and Tokyo-Haneda, and increase service from Los Angeles to Sydney and Tokyo-Narita. The airline is also resuming service from Newark to Milan and Rome, as well as from Chicago to Amsterdam, Munich and Tel Aviv.

United Airlines’ shared purpose is "Connecting People. Uniting the World." Shares in the company’s parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., are publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol ‘UAL’.



Source: United Airlines

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