• Joe Breitfeller

United Airlines Adds New Service to Croatia, Greece and Iceland

United Airlines is adding three new international routes with service from Newark to Dubrovnik in Croatia, between Washington-Dulles and Athens, and from Chicago O’Hare to Reykjavik, Iceland.

United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner - Courtesy Boeing

On Monday (April 19, 2021), United Airlines announced the launch of three new international routes starting in July. Starting July 8, 2021, United will offer the only direct service to Dubrovnik, Croatia with three weekly flights from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). The route will be serviced with a Boeing 767-300ER featuring 30 United Polaris® Business Class seats and will operate through October 3, 2021. Flights will be available on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Newark and on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays from Dubrovnik.

United is also expanding their offer to Athens with daily flights from Washington-Dulles (IAD) to Athens from July 1st through October 3, 2021. The new route marks the first time daily direct flights have been available between Washington D.C. and Athens. The flights have been timed for convenient connections to and from over 95 North American cities and the route will be serviced with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

United is also expanding their service to Iceland with the first U.S. airline service between Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) and Reykjavik. The route will be operated daily from July 1st through October 3, 2021, and the schedule has been timed to allow seamless connections to over 100 North American cities. The route will be operated with a Boeing 757-200 featuring 16 lie-flat Polaris Business Class seats. The new Chicago service complements United’s existing service between Newark and Reykjavik, with daily flights resuming on June 3rd and operating through October 29, 2021.

In Monday’s route announcement, United Airlines’ Vice President of International Network and Alliances, Patrick Quayle, said,

“As countries around the world begin the process of reopening, leisure travelers are eager to take a long-awaited getaway to new international destinations. These three new routes unlock the natural beauty of the outdoors for our guests. They are also the latest example of how United is remaining nimble in rebuilding our network.”

United Airlines is also responding to increasing demand by adjusting their international schedule. Subject to government approval, the carrier is adding new routes to Africa, including three weekly flights to Accra (Ghana) from Washington-Dulles starting May 14th. Later this year, United will launch three weekly flights between Dulles and Lagos (Nigeria), as well as daily service between Newark and Johannesburg (South Africa).

The airline is also expanding their offer to India with five daily flights, including new service between San Francisco and Bangalore starting May 27, 2021. Additionally, United will resume three weekly flights between Chicago and Tel Aviv from May 7th, and increase to daily the frequency between San Francisco and Tel Aviv starting June 3, 2021. This May, the carrier will also resume service from Newark to Rome and Milan, as well as between Chicago and Munich, Amsterdam, and Tokyo-Haneda. Finally, United will restart service between San Francisco and Tahiti in June.

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