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United to Operate 80 Percent of Pre-Pandemic Domestic Schedule in July and Add International Flights

United Airlines is taking a major step toward returning July flying to pre-pandemic levels. The carrier will add 400 flights to their schedule versus June, bringing their U.S. schedule to 80 percent of pre-crisis levels.


United Boeing 777-300ER - Courtesy United Airlines

On Monday (May 17, 2021), United Airlines announced a major step toward retuning their flying to pre-pandemic levels in July. Compared to June, United will add 400 flights, bringing their July 2021 U.S. schedule to around 80 percent of July 2019 levels. With the increase in international demand, United has also added a fourth weekly flight to Dubrovnik in Croatia and increased capacity to Athens, Greece. United remains the only U.S. carrier that simplifies the process of searching, booking and uploading COVID-19 tests through their website and mobile app. Compared to 2020, United has seen bookings for summer travel this year increase by 214 percent.


In Monday’s press release, United Airlines’ Vice President – Domestic Network Planning and Scheduling, Ankit Gupta, said,


“This July we're taking a big step toward flying at pre-pandemic levels for our domestic network. By adjusting our bank structures at two key hub airports, we're able to offer our customers easy connections to destinations across the U.S. so they can start their vacations at times convenient for them.”


For their U.S. domestic schedule, United is adding routes to Bozeman, Orange County, Raleigh and Yellowstone/Cody. Additionally, the airline is adjusting flight times at their Chicago (ORD) and Washington D.C. (IAD) hubs to provide more convenient customer options. From Chicago, United will operate over 480 daily departures in July, while Washington D.C. will offer more than 220 daily departures. Overall, the carrier’s domestic schedule for July will be increased by 17 percent compared to June.


Commenting on the Carrier’s international schedule for July, United’s Vice President – International Network and Alliances, Patrick Quayle, added,


“As we start to see a strong desire from our customers to travel internationally to re-opened countries, we are excited to move up service and add a fourth weekly flight to Dubrovnik, Croatia. And with the additional seats we're adding to Athens, Greece, we continue to make creative adjustments to match our service with customer trends.”


As previously mentioned, the carrier has added a fourth weekly flight from New York/Newark (EWR) to Dubrovnik, Croatia and will upguage the aircraft between Newark and Athens, Greece to a Boeing 777-200ER featuring Premium Plus® seats. United is also adding a second flight from Washington D.C. to Frankfurt, providing an evening departure with one-stop connections to over 50 European cities. Finally, the carrier will also resume service between New York/Newark and Barcelona, Lisbon and Madrid, subject to reopening for vaccinated tourists.


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/PRNewswire

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