United Airlines to Resume Service Between San Francisco and Melbourne
From June 2022, United Airlines will resume three weekly flights between San Francisco and Melbourne, complementing existing service from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Sydney. United will be the only U.S. carrier offering direct flights to Melbourne.
On Monday (May 2, 2022), United Airlines announced that they will resume three weekly flights between San Francisco and Melbourne, becoming the only U.S. airline to offer direct service on the route. The resumed Melbourne service complements United’s existing connections to Sydney from San Francisco and Los Angeles. Since the reopening of Australian borders to international travelers last February after nearly two years, the growth in travel demand has been substantial. The airline also recently announced a new codeshare partnership with Virgin Australia, which offers travelers convenient one-stop onward connectivity throughout Australia. United Airlines offers more capacity to Australia than and other U.S. airline.
In today’s announcment, United Airlines’ Senior Vice President of International Network and Alliances, Patrick Quayle, said,
“The fact that we retained daily passenger service to Australia throughout the lowest points of the pandemic – and were the only airline to do so – shows our commitment to Australia. We are thrilled to resume our San Francisco to Melbourne service and see a bright future ahead for United, for Melbourne and for US-Australia travel.”
Also commenting on the resumed service to Melbourne, Victoria’s Minister for Industry Support and Recovery, Martin Pakula, said,
“We're backing more direct international flights to Melbourne because we know the critical role they play in supporting Victorian businesses and creating jobs. Having more direct flights from the U.S. means it is even easier for visitors to come to Victoria and enjoy everything we are famous for – whether that's our major sporting events, food scene or cultural institutions.”
United Airlines’ shared purpose is “Connecting People. Uniting the World.” In 2019, United and United Express® carriers operated over 1.7 million flights carrying over 162 million guests. United Airlines operates the most comprehensive network among North American carriers with mainland U.S. hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Shares in the company’s parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., are publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol ‘UAL.’
Source: United Airlines/PRNewswire