• Joe Breitfeller

United Airlines Announces the Addition of Nearly 25,000 Flights to Their August 2020 Schedule

United Airlines announced on Wednesday that they will triple the size of their August schedule with nearly 25,000 domestic and international flights compared to their June offering. The carrier will fly around 40% of their schedule versus August 2019.

United Boeing 737 MAX 9 - Courtesy United Airlines

On Wednesday, United Airlines announced that they will triple their August schedule with the addition of 25,000 domestic and international flights compared to their June schedule. The carrier will operate 40 percent of their overall flights schedule in August versus the same period last year. For the first time since March 19, 2020, the TSA is reported that on Monday June 29th over 600,000 passengers passed through security checkpoints, a recovery of over 25% of pre-pandemic levels. In August, United will add over 350 daily flights from their U.S. hubs including twice as many flights from New York-Newark with more flights to mountain and national park destinations such as Aspen, Bangor, Bozeman and Jackson Hole. United will also resume international service to Tahiti and increase service to Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico, Frankfurt, London, Munich, Paris and Zurich. In Wednesday’s announcement, United Airlines’ Vice President of International Network and Alliances, Patrick Quayle said,

“United’s international schedule continues to be guided by customer demand as we add back capacity in regions with relative strength. For August, we’ve seen increasing demand for leisure travel and have added options to places like Cancun and reinstated service to Tahiti. Additionally, we are further building out service to partner hubs like Frankfurt and Zurich, where customers can connect to a wide array of destinations.”

Also, during August, United will increase their domestic schedule to 48 percent, compared to 30% in July (compared to 2019). Some highlights from the carrier’s August domestic schedule includes the addition of over 600 daily flights from 200 U.S. airports with the resumption of 50 routes, expanded flights at 147 U.S. airports and increased connectivity in Chicago, Denver, Houston and New York-Newark. United will also return about 90 aircraft to service and will add more CRJ-550 service between New York-Newark and St, Louis, Indianapolis, Richmond, Cincinnati, Norfolk and Columbus. Service to Hawaii will also be increased from United’s hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The carrier will also resume service between San Francisco and Lihue and Los Angeles and Hilo, Hawaii in their August schedule.

Internationally, United will increase their schedule from 16 percent in July to 25 percent in August with more flight opportunities to Europe and beyond with additional flying from Chicago, New York-Newark and San Francisco. The carrier will resume service between Chicago and Brussels as well as Frankfurt and from New York-Newark to Brussels, Munich and Zurich. Additionally, service will resume between San Francisco and London. United is also increasing their Asia-Pacific offer with the resumption of three-times weekly service to Tahiti, new five-times weekly service between Chicago and Tokyo-Haneda and the continuation of service to Tokyo-Haneda from New York-Newark and San Francisco. The airline will also resume five-times weekly service between San Francisco and Hong Kong with continuing service to Singapore. Additionally, three-times weekly flights to Seoul and twice-weekly service to Shanghai from San Francisco will also resume in August.

United will also expand their August offer throughout Latin America and the Caribbean with 35 new routes in August. Service will be resumed between Houston and Lima, New York-Newark and São Paulo as well as Mexico City and Chicago, New York-Newark and San Francisco. Guests of the carrier will have more options when traveling to Cancun with flights from Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York-Newark and San Francisco. United is also resuming service to San Salvador and Guatemala City from Houston, New York-Newark, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. and will increase frequencies from Houston to Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara and Leon (Mexico) as well as Panama City, Panama. Customers wishing to visit the Dominican Republic will also enjoy additional flights between New York-Newark and Punta Cana, Santiago and Santo Domingo.

United Airlines has teamed with Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic to redefine cleaning, health and safety procedures from check-in to landing and has implemented over a dozen new policies, protocols and innovations. For the health and well-being of guests and team members the carrier requires all travelers to wear face coverings and will temporarily revoke travel privileges for uncooperative passengers. All United mainline aircraft are fitted with state-of-the-art HEPA filters which remove up to 99.7% of airborne particulates. The carrier has also implemented enhanced aircraft sanitization measures, including electrostatic spraying before departure. Additionally, United has added a step to the check-in process (as recommended by the Cleveland Clinic) which requires guests to acknowledge that they don’t have COVID-19 symptoms and will agree to wear a mask onboard. To limit contact points, the airline is also offering a touchless baggage check-in experience at over 200 U.S. airports, the first and only U.S. airline to deploy this technology.

Source: United Airlines