United Airlines added a trio of routes to Europe for the upcoming Summer season, banking on borders reopening and vaccinated passengers being able to vacation. Additional capacity to Croatia, Iceland and Greece is planned starting in July.
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.– Patrick Quayle, vice president of international network and alliances
United plans to add the only nonstop service between the U.S. and Croatia on July 8, with service to Dubrovnik on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. The airline will operate three weekly flights between Newark and Dubrovnik through October 3 on a Boeing 767-300ER with 30 United Polaris business class seats. Flights will operate Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from Newark and on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday from Dubrovnik.
United will expand its service to Athens with daily flights from Washington Dulles beginning July 1 and operating through October 3. This new route marks the first time daily nonstop flights have been available between Washington D.C. and Athens. The flight will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with all-aisle-access Polaris business and United Premium Plus seats. This builds on United’s existing daily summer service to Athens from Newark Liberty International Airport, which resumes on June 3.
United is expanding its service to Iceland with flights from Chicago beginning July 1 and running daily through October 3. The service will be operated by a Boeing 757-200 with 16 lie flat business class seats in the Polaris cabin. This new offering builds upon United’s existing service to Reykjavik from Newark, with daily flights resuming June 3 and operating through October 29.
These routes were selected specifically based on potential passenger input. The company notes a 61% increase for searches to the three countries on its website over the past month.
France is another market that could see increased capacity in the coming months. French President Emmanuel Macron suggested on Sunday the country could reopen as early as next month for vaccinated travelers from the USA.
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