United Airlines Adds International Flights

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In this file photo a United Airlines plane taxis at Los Angeles International Airport on September 27, 2019
In this file photo a United Airlines plane taxis at Los Angeles International Airport on September 27, 2019

United Airlines (UA) announced Thursday that it will add new trans-Atlantic routes to its roster in the spring of 2022.

"Given our big expectations for a rebound in travel to Europe for summer, this is the right time to leverage our leading global network in new, exciting ways," Patrick Quayle, senior vice president of international network and alliances at United, said in a press release. "Our expansion offers the widest range of destinations to discover – introducing new, trendy locales that our customers will love, as well as adding more flights to iconic, popular cities."

United will add 10 flights to five locations that aren't served by any major carrier -- Amman, Jordan; Bergen, Norway; Azores, Portugal; Palma de Mallorca, Spain and Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands. Quayle called the destinations "places that are hard to get to."

United said it will also add flights to five major European destinations -- Berlin, Dublin, Milan, Munich and Rome.

The Chicago-based carrier will also have flights that were halted by the pandemic -- Bangalore, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Zurich and Nice, France.

The move comes as U.S.-based airlines' have primarily focused on domestic travel due to pandemic-related international travel restrictions. United had previously said that the upcoming summer could be the busiest ever for trans-Atlantic travel.

The Biden administration is expected to ease travel bans soon that prevented some travelers from Europe to enter the U.S.

As of Thursday at 11:15 a.m. ET, shares of United Airlines were trading at $48.10, up to $0.20, or 0.44%.


United Airlines is looking forward to profits later in 2021 but says a full recovery won't happen until 2023
United Airlines is looking forward to profits later in 2021 but says a full recovery won't happen until 2023
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