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United Plans Large Transatlantic Expansion for Spring 2022


United Airlines next spring will add five new destinations in Europe and the Middle East and new routes to five others as a part of the largest transatlantic expansion in the carrier’s history.

The new destinations, largely leisure-focused, include three to which United will be the only carrier offering direct service from the United States, according to United SVP of international networks and alliances Patrick Quayle. 

Service from Newark to Bergen, Norway, begins May 20, marking the only direct service to Bergen from the U.S. and the only U.S. carrier serving Norway. Service from Newark to Palma de Mallorca in Spain’s Balearic Islands begins June 2, followed by service from Newark to Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands on June 9, also the only direct service between the U.S. and either destination.

In addition, United will start new service between Washington, D.C., and Amman, Jordan, on May 5, the only flight by a North American carrier to Amman, Quayle said. Service from Newark to Ponta Delgada in Portugal’s Azores begins May 13, which will be the only direct service from the New York area to the Azores and will make United the largest North American carrier to Portugal, he said.

New routes to United’s current destinations for the spring include daily flights between Denver and Munich, Chicago and Milan and Washington, D.C., and Berlin, as well as an additional daily flight between Newark and each Dublin and Rome.

United in the spring also will start seven previously announced routes that had been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Those include service to Tokyo’s Haneda airport from each Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Newark by March 26; daily flights between Chicago and Zurich starting April 23; a second daily flight between Newark and Frankfurt starting April 23; daily flights between Newark and Nice, France, starting April 29; and daily flights between San Francisco and Bengaluru starting May 26.



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United adding European destinations ahead of summer travel rebound


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Chicago-based United Airlines is adding five new transatlantic destinations in Spring 2022 as it prepares for a potential bounce back in summer travel between the United States and Europe next year.

The expansion would be the largest transatlantic expansion in the company’s history and includes destinations in Spain, Portugal, Norway, the Spanish Canary Islands and Jordan.

“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 Thursday news release. 

United will be the first North American carrier to fly to the five new destinations.  

  • Bergen, Norway: Starting May 20, United will offer flights three times a week between New York/Newark and Bergen on a Boeing 757-200. 
  • Azores, Portugal: Flights between New York/Newark and Ponta Delgada in the Azores begin May 13 with a new Boeing 737 MAX 8. This will be United’s third Portuguese destination, along with flights to Porto (which return in March) and Lisbon (which are being operated from New York and are set to resume from Washington, D.C. next summer).
  • Palma de Mallorca, Spain: Travelers can fly from New York/Newark to the beach destination in the Balearic Islands in a Boeing 767-300ER starting June 2. United will offer flights three times a week. 
  • Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands: United is set to launch a new flight from New York/Newark to the Tenerife on June 9, offering service three times a week via a Boeing 757-200. 
  • Amman, Jordan: Flights from Washington, D.C. to Amman begin May 5 with service three-times-weekly with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. 

Tickets for Bergen, Azores, Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife go on sale Thursday, and Amman tickets should follow soon after. 

The airline is also adding new flights to five European destinations (Berlin, Dublin, Milan, Munich and Rome) “in anticipation of a resurgence in visitors” and relaunching seven routes that had been paused during the pandemic to Bangalore, Frankfurt, Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, Nice and Zurich, all of which are subject to government approval. 

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The expansion would follow the launch of a new air travel system in the U.S. in early November that will ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nations.

While international flight capacity saw gains this year, it has a ways to go before catching up to pre-pandemic levels. International passenger demand dropped 76% between 2019 and 2020, the sharpest traffic decline in aviation history according to the International Air Transport Association.

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United States to reopen land borders in November | News


The United States will reopen its borders with Mexico and Canada to fully-vaccinated travellers from November.

In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it will allow travel for non-essential purposes via land and ferry crossings.

From January next year, authorities will require proof of vaccination for any travel over these crossings, essential or not.

The destination has restricted travel from its northern and southern neighbours since March last year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the Biden administration recently revealed that restrictions on fully jabbed air travellers would be eased in November.

The current rules bar entry to most non-US citizens who have been to the UK, China, India, South Africa, Iran, Brazil and a number of European countries within the last 14 days.

In a statement, homeland security secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, said his department was “pleased to be taking steps to resume regular travel in a safe and sustainable manner”.

But he did not say what date the changes would come into effect.





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United Airlines: Travel Expected to Surge in December | National News


United Airlines is gearing up for a travel surge in December, as the airline expects its largest domestic schedule since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020.

The airline announced it will fly 3,500 daily domestic flights in December, which marks United’s biggest domestic schedule since the start of the pandemic. The scheduled flights will bring the airline to just over 90% of its December 2019, pre-pandemic levels, according to a press release, “to support expected surge in holiday travel demand.”

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“We’re seeing a lot of pent-up demand in our data and are offering a December schedule that centers on the two things people want most for the holidays: warm sunshine and fresh snow,” Ankit Gupta, vice president of network planning and scheduling at United, said in a press release. “We know families and friends are eager to reunite this holiday season, which is why we’re thrilled to add new flights that will help them connect and celebrate together.”

United expects its busiest travel days for Thanksgiving will be Nov. 24 and Nov. 28, while Dec. 23 and Jan. 2 are expected to be popular days for winter holiday travel.

Like much of the leisure and hospitality industry, airlines took a big hit during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. But demand for air travel began rising as vaccinations increased and coronavirus cases decreased earlier this year, with flight bookings nearly reaching pre-pandemic levels by June.

However, the sudden rise of the delta variant this summer “all but blunted the path to recovery,” according to an Adobe Analytics analysis released in August, which recorded a second-straight month of declining bookings during the month.

But since then, airlines have been at the helm of corporate coronavirus restrictions such as vaccine mandates to keep their operations running. In August, United Airlines became the first carrier to institute a vaccine mandate for all of its employees, and just last week reported that almost all of its workers are now vaccinated. American, Alaska and JetBlue announced last week they would require vaccinations, after President Joe Biden put pressure on federal contractors and some private companies to institute vaccine mandates for employees.

“Requiring our employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the life-saving thing to do,” United CEO Scott Kirby said.



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United Integrates with Apple Health for Vaccine Verification


United Airlines has integrated with Apple Health to enable travelers to upload Covid-19 vaccination records to the carrier’s Travel Ready Center. Travelers with records stored in the app can upload them to United, whereupon they are reviewed and approved instantly. Once verified, United will store the vaccination record until the traveler completes their trip.



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At First Deadline, Less Than 1 Percent of United U.S. Employees Unvaccinated


After passing the deadline for its Covid-19 vaccine mandate, more than 99 percent of United Airlines’ U.S.-based employees have been vaccinated, according to a memo from CEO Scott Kirby and president Brett Hart to United employees.

United announced its vaccine mandate in August with the Sept. 27 deadline later determined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Last week, the carrier reported more than 97 percent of its U.S.-based employees were vaccinated.

“We know for some, that decision [to get vaccinated] was a reluctant one,” Kirby and Hart said in the memo. “But there’s no doubt in our minds that some of you will have avoided a future hospital stay, or even death, because you got vaccinated.”

The Sept. 27 deadline was for employees to get and upload records of their first dose of a vaccine. Employees have until Oct. 31 to be fully vaccinated.

United also is beginning the process of terminating the less than 1 percent of employees who opted not to get vaccinated, according to Kirby and Hart.



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United Airlines is making it easier to use flight credits: Travel Weekly


United Airlines will automatically display flight credits as a payment option during the checkout process. 

The new functionality goes into effect for MileagePlus members this week. The carrier said it is working to roll it out for all customers who hold flight credits in the near future. 

“Unlike most airlines where travel credits are difficult to use, at United we’re doing something different,” chief customer officer Toby Enqvist said in a prepared remark. “We’re showing our customers they have credits — and we’re making them easier than ever to use.”

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United customers can combine multiple flight credits when booking flights. The carrier said that flexibility will soon include the ability for customers to use electronic travel certificates in conjunction with future flight credits. Electronic travel certificates and future flight credits are similar, though they vary on specifics such as expiration rules.  

Credits can also be used for bookings made on United partners via the United app or United.com.

In a new wrinkle, next week United will also begin allowing customers to use travel credits to pre-pay bag fees and to buy seats with extra legroom. In addition, the carrier will begin allowing customers who have wholly unused travel credits that were issued by Aug. 31 to share those credits with another traveler by applying them as payment on the checkout screen. 

U.S. airlines have issued an unprecedented number of credits during the Covid-19 pandemic, due in part to the unpredictability that the virus has caused for travel planning and also to the carriers’ decision to do away with change fees.



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United: 97 Percent of U.S. Employees are Vaccinated


More than 97 percent of United Airlines’ U.S. employees are vaccinated against Covid-19 as the carrier’s deadline for its vaccine mandate nears, the airline reported in a memo to employees this morning.

Per the mandate announced in August, United’s U.S. employees have until Sept. 27 to upload records that they have at least received their first dose of one of the approved vaccines. United said it would start the “separation process” with employees who had not received and reported their vaccination nor had been granted an extension as soon as the following day. Employees have until Oct. 31 to be fully vaccinated.

United’s mandate came before U.S. President Joe Biden announced executive orders that included asking the U.S. Department of Labor to develop a requirement for vaccines or weekly testing at any business with more than 100 employees. The 97 percent vaccination rate does not include the “small number” of employees who are seeking an exemption, according to United.



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