This summer, United Airlines will fly to 114 international cities. Compared to last year, it has added 25% more international flights to meet the rising demand for international travel. The airline is already the largest across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and its summer schedule includes nearly twenty-five new routes. According to United’s booking data, international bookings are 15% higher than they were during the same period in 2022.
Highlights of the 2023 summer schedule include:
- New service to Malaga, Dubai, and Stockholm
- Additional flights to Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Shannon, Edinburgh, and Naples
- Almost two dozen daily flights to London-Heathrow
- Service to unique places like Amman, the Azores, Palma de Mallorca, and Tenerife
- expanded service to Australia, serving Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane
- 10 daily transpacific flights to Tokyo Haneda, Tokyo Narita, and Osaka
- Twice-daily flights to Seoul, South Korea, from San Francisco
- Service to Hong Kong from San Francisco
“United will give travelers more options than ever before this summer—especially if they want to fly internationally,” said Patrick Quayle, senior vice president of global network planning and alliances. “With unprecedented demand for travel overseas, we’ll have more service to popular cities while also adding new and unique destinations for customers to explore.”
New York/Newark–Dubai, UAE
United began daily service between New York/Newark and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on March 25, using Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. The flight is part of a historic commercial agreement between the airline and Emirates that will expand each airline’s network and provide customers with easier access to hundreds of destinations in the United States and abroad. United’s New York/Newark-Dubai flight allows MileagePlus members to earn and redeem award miles on connecting flights to nearly 75 destinations within the Emirates and flydubai networks. United is the only U.S. airline that offers nonstop flights to Dubai from the United States and flies to more Middle Eastern and Indian destinations than any other U.S. airline.
New York/Newark–Malaga, Spain
United is adding direct flights between New York/Newark and Malaga, which will be its fifth Spanish destination. This will make United’s global network even bigger. Starting on May 31, a Boeing 757-200 will fly to Malaga three times a week, giving tourists a chance to see Spain’s Mediterranean coast. The only U.S. airline that offers direct flights to Malaga, Tenerife, and Palma de Mallorca is United, which flies to more Spanish destinations than any other airline in the country.
New York/Newark—Stockholm, Sweden
On May 27, United will resume service to Stockholm from New York/Newark for the first time since 2019. In 2005, United began serving Stockholm, which locals refer to as the “beauty on water.” With daily Boeing 757-200 flights, United will reconnect customers to this culturally rich and dynamic capital city.
San Francisco—Rome, Italy
United expands its industry-leading European network from San Francisco with the launch of daily flights to Rome on a Boeing 777-200ER on May 25. United is the only U.S. airline to offer direct flights to Europe from its hub in San Francisco and will offer nonstop service to seven popular European cities this summer. United continues to fly to more Italian cities from the United States than any other airline worldwide, including Rome, Milan, Venice, and Naples.
United will add more seasonal flights to Shannon, Ireland, beginning on May 25 with new daily flights from Chicago O’Hare, giving customers more options to explore some of the country’s most picturesque cities, including Limerick and Galway. United is the only U.S. airline to offer seasonal direct flights to Shannon from New York/Newark, and it also offers direct flights to Dublin from Chicago, New York/Newark, and Washington Dulles. On this route, United will operate a Boeing 757-200.
Washington Dulles—Berlin, Germany
On May 25, United will begin nonstop service between Washington, D.C., and Berlin, Germany. United will be the only airline to offer daily nonstop flights between these cities, using a Boeing 767-400ER. United provides the most flights to Berlin from the United States, with year-round service from Newark.
United continues to expand its best-in-class European network this summer from Chicago with new direct, daily flights to Barcelona on a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner beginning on May 25. United will fly to 14 European destinations this summer from Chicago, the most of any airline. United’s existing service from New York/Newark and Washington Dulles to Barcelona will be supplemented by this new flight.
More flights to Paris and London
United will have 23 daily flights to London Heathrow this summer, with the recent addition of a second daily flight on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner between Los Angeles and London Heathrow. This summer, United offers more business class seats and flights from New York and the west coast to London than any other U.S. airline. This flight builds upon United’s recent expansion into London, which included the addition of flights from Newark, San Francisco, and Denver, as well as Boston.
United is also expanding travel options between Washington Dulles and Paris Charles de Gaulle with the addition of a second daily Boeing 777-200ER flight on June 2. United provides year-round service from New York/Newark, Washington Dulles, Chicago, and San Francisco to Paris.
Resumption of Unique Seasonal Service and Added Flights to Popular Destinations
United will fly nine transatlantic routes it added last summer, including direct flights between New York/Newark and Nice; Denver and Munich; Boston and London Heathrow; Chicago/O’Hare and Zurich; and Chicago/O’Hare and Milan; as well as flights to four destinations not served by any other North American airline, including Amman, Jordan; the Azores; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; and Tenerife, Spain. United has also added a second seasonal frequency between New York/Newark and Edinburgh, Scotland, from 25 May to 27 October, and between New York/Newark and Naples, Italy, from 23 June to 7 September.
Asia Pacific Expansion
This summer, United will serve 27 unique destinations across the Pacific, making it the largest airline in the region. United’s Pacific capacity, excluding Mainland China and Hong Kong, will exceed 2019 levels by more than 15% this summer. United recently resumed pre-pandemic service between Denver and Tokyo (Narita) and San Francisco and Hong Kong (Hong Kong) and added a new service between Washington Dulles and Los Angeles to Tokyo (Haneda).
United will also have an expanded schedule between Australia and the United States this summer, with nonstop flights to Australia’s three largest cities—Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. In addition, the airline’s recently launched codeshare partnership with Virgin Australia enables easy connections to over 20 additional Australian cities.