- United are expecting an increase in international travel after the next two-year hiatus.
- Destinations include Amman, Jordan and Bergen, Norway.
- Airlines have spent the pandemic focused on domestic destinations.
United Airlines plans to add 10 new trans-Atlantic routes in 2022, a stipulation that added US customers would rush out of the country to visit Norwegian fjords, Jordan’s archeological sites or the Canary Islands, as International travel was largely halted. The pandemic started.
The additions include five new destinations: on May 5 with a Boeing 787-8 in service from Washington, DC to Amman, Jordan thrice a week and on May 5 with a Boeing 757- at Newark Liberty International Airport, Bergen, Norway. From. 200, in Palma de Mallorca Spain with a 767-300ER on June 2 and Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands on June 9 at a 757-200. It also adds daily flights to Ponta Delgada in the Azores, Portugal on 13 May using a Boeing 737 MAX.
“We want to return to the journey with fun,” Patrick Quayle, United’s senior vice president of international networks and alliances, told reporters.
International travel, and the trans-Atlantic in particular, has been a pillar of service for large US carriers but was derailed by the pandemic and the accompanying travel restrictions, which are beginning to ease.
United’s trans-Atlantic service brought in only $585 million in the second quarter, about 10% of its revenue, down from about $2.1 billion in 2021, when it accounted for 18% of its sales.
United and other carriers have focused on domestic travel, particularly to the beach and other outdoor destinations, which was more flexible than international and increased after vaccines became widely available this spring and the number of cases. The numbers declined. Delta and American used some of their largest jetliners for domestic routes, with less international demand.
Carriers have moved to new destinations in Europe, but officials don’t expect to demand a full return until the Biden administration lifts restrictions on visitors to the US from Europe and elsewhere, which it says will kick off in early November. Will do
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said on a quarterly call Wednesday that bookings soared six-fold after the Biden administration announced it would replace travel restrictions with vaccine requirements that would allow visitors from Europe into the US again.
United is also adding other European routes including those between Denver and Munich, Chicago and Milan, Washington DC and Berlin. Routes that had to be halted during the pandemic will also launch, such as San Francisco to Bangalore on May 26 and Newark and Nice, France on April 29.
United will not fly on previous routes from Newark to Manchester, Newark to Glasgow and San Francisco to Dublin, Quayle said.