Today, United Airlines announced 25 routes will resume service across their network. Effective September 2020, routes will be resumed to Asia, Australia, Israel, Latin America, Hawaii, and Mexico. Also, United intends to fly 37% of their schedule as compared to the same time last year. They also are increasing capacity by 4% than what was previously planed. This is great news because air travel is slowly picking up and hopefully more routes can be added in the future.
If you have a reservation through August 31st, United is waiving change fees and award redeposit fees.
“We continue to be realistic in our approach to building back our international and domestic schedules by closely monitoring customer demand and flying where people want to go. In September, we’re adding even more options for leisure travelers or those who want to visit friends and relatives, whether that’s within the United States or around the world.”Patrick Quayle, United’s VP of International Network and Alliances
U.S. Domestic Route Updates
Within U.S. Domestic travel, United expects 40% of its schedule to fly. In addition, United plans to add more than 40 daily flights on 48 routes to locations including Austin, Texas; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Santa Barbara, California. Additionally, United plans to resume service between the U.S. mainland and Hilo and Kauai and increase flying to Honolulu, Kona and Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. United decided to do this because they believed travelers were looking for more socially distant locations for travel.
International Route Updates
International flying is expected to be around 30% of United’s schedule as compared to last year. In addition, a 5 point increase has been added compared to in August. This is showing that airlines are slowly gaining their schedules back to pre-pandemic levels. United plans to resume 20 routes in Latin America and the Caribbean, including popular vacation destinations.
United is resuming Europe routes from Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco. They are also launching a new service to Tel Aviv from Chicago (subject to government approval). By doing this, United believes travel from U.S. to Europe will pick up.
San Francisco: International Routes
- Resuming Service Chicago to Amsterdam
- Resuming Service Chicago to Frankfurt
- Launching new service Chicago to Tel Aviv
- Resuming Service Houston to Amsterdam
- Resuming Service Houston to Frankfurt
- Resuming Service San Francisco to Munich
- Resuming Service San Francisco to London
- Continuing Service to Delhi and Mumbai (subject to government approval)
United plans to resume 3x weekly service from Los Angeles to Sydney and Chicago to Hong Kong (Subject to government approval)
International: Latin America/Caribbean
- Starting new service between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Chicago and Washington-Dulles.
- Resuming service from Houston to Aguascalientes, Tampico and Veracruz in Mexico.
- Starting new service between New York/Newark and St. Thomas.
- Resuming service between Costa Rica and Houston and New York/Newark.
- Adding more ways to get to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, including resuming service from Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles.
- Resuming service between Denver and Cabo San Lucas.
- Increasing the number of flights between Houston and Quito, Ecuador.
As a reminder, United requires all passengers to wear a face covering and will revoke travel privilege from passengers who do not comply. They also use HEPA filters to clean the air inside aircraft. United also requires you to certify that you have no COVID symptoms and are fit to fly during check in. Also, checking bags is now a contactless experience, making them the first U.S. airlines to do this.
United’s commitment to safety and resuming routes makes me hopeful of the future where travel can hopefully pick up again. Until then, let me know in the comments where will your next travel destination be? In addition, would you be comfortable to travel at this time?