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.