United Airlines has unveiled plans to resume
service on nearly 30 international routes in September, including
flights to Asia, India, Australia, Israel and Latin America.
The airline intends to fly 37% of its overall
schedule in September as compared to the same period last year and
is a 4% increase in capacity compared to what is planned for
August 2020. United is also extending its waiver of change fees
and award redeposit fees for reservations through 31 August.
"We continue to be realistic in our approach to
building back our international and domestic schedules by closely monitoring customer demand and flying where people want to go,"
said Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of International
Network and Alliances. "In September, we're adding even more
options for leisure travelers or those who want to visit friends
and relatives, whether that's within the United States or around
Domestically, United intends to fly 40% of its
schedule. The airline plans to add more than 40 daily flights on
48 routes to locations including Austin, Texas; Colorado Springs,
Colorado; and Santa Barbara, California.
plans to resume service between the U.S. mainland and Hilo and
Kauai and increase flying to Honolulu, Kona and Maui in the
Internationally, United intends to fly
30% of its schedule as compared to September 2019, which is a
5-point increase compared to August. The airline expects to resume
service on 20 routes in Latin America and the Caribbean, including
to popular vacation destinations like Cabo San Lucas and Puerto
Vallarta in Mexico and to San Jose and Liberia in Costa Rica.
United intends to begin new nonstop service between Chicago and
Tel Aviv and resume eight routes in the Atlantic and Pacific,
including the return of European service from Houston with flights
to Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
in search of more socially distant vacation options like beach,
mountain and national park destinations will continue to see
opportunities for leisure travel including:
opportunities to connect to more than 800 flights from United's
mid-continental hubs in Chicago, Denver and Houston.
more than 40 daily flights on more than 48 routes across the
- Resuming service between the U.S. mainland
and Hilo and Kauai in Hawaii.
- Increasing service between the
U.S. mainland and Honolulu, Kona and Maui.
Internationally, United is scheduled to fly 30% of its schedule in
September compared to the same period in 2019. Across the
Atlantic, United plans to offer customers more opportunities to
get to Europe and beyond from Chicago, Houston, New York/Newark,
and San Francisco. Highlights include:
brand-new service between Chicago and Tel Aviv (subject to
- Resuming service between Chicago and
- Resuming service between Houston and Amsterdam
- Resuming service between San Francisco and
- Increasing to daily service between Chicago and
Frankfurt, and between San Francisco and London; and
service between the United States and Delhi and Mumbai (subject to
Across the Pacific in
September, United plans to re-start thrice weekly service
between Los Angeles and Sydney and passenger service between
Chicago and Hong Kong (subject to government approval).
Throughout Latin America and the
Caribbean, United is expanding across each region by adding 20 new
routes for September. Highlights of United's schedule include:
- Starting new service between San Juan, Puerto
Rico and Chicago and Washington-Dulles;
- Resuming service from Houston to Aguascalientes,
Tampico and Veracruz in Mexico;
- Starting new service between New York/Newark and
- Resuming service between Costa Rica and Houston
and New York/Newark;
Adding more ways to get to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, including
resuming service from Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles;
Resuming service between Denver and Cabo San Lucas; and
Increasing the number of flights between Houston and Quito,
United has teamed up with Clorox and Cleveland
Clinic to implement enhanced cleaning and health safety procedures
from check-in to landing and has put in place more than a dozen new
policies, protocols and innovations designed with the safety of
customers and employees in mind, including:
- Requiring all travelers – including crew members
– to wear face coverings and potentially revoking travel
privileges for those who do not follow this requirement;
- Using electrostatic spraying on all mainline
aircraft before departure for enhanced cabin sanitation;
- Adding a step to
the check-in process, based on a recommendation from the Cleveland
Clinic, requiring customers to acknowledge they do not have
symptoms for COVID-19 and agree to follow our policies, including
wearing a mask on board; and
- Offering customers a touchless baggage check-in
experience at more than 200 airports across the United States.
Airports, Air Travel and COVID19 - Exclusive Interview with
SITA's President of Asia Pacific, Sumesh Patel.