NEW: United Airlines announces new routes as countries begin to reopen to vaccinated travelers.

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United Airlines has announced several new routes as several countries start to open to vaccinated travelers. We’ll catch you up to date as well as sharing our tips right after this commercial break. 

United shares that they have seen a 61% increase in searches leading to expanding routes to Croatia, Greece, and Iceland. Here’s what the vice president of international network and alliances Patrick Quale has to say, “

As countries around the world begin the process of reopening, leisure travelers are eager to take a long-awaited getaway to new international destinations. These three new routes unlock the natural beauty of the outdoors for our guests. They are also the latest example of how United is remaining nimble in rebuilding our network.”

Patrick Quale-Vice President of International network and alliances at United Airlines.

Croatia

Starting with Croatia, United is starting nonstop service on July 8th and ending on October 3rd. United will operate this route on a Boeing 767-300ER with 30  United Polaris business class seats. Flights will operate Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from Newark and  on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday from Croatia and will be timed to connect in Newark to over 65 cities in North America. Thanks for listening. We’ll be right back after this short commercial break. 

Greece

For Greece, United is expanding its service with daily flights from Athens to Washington Dulles beginning July 8th till October 3rd. Something important to note is The schedule is timed for connections in Washington Dulles to over 95 cities in North America and will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with all-aisle-access Polaris business and United Premium Plus seats.

This builds on United’s existing daily summer service to Athens from Newark Liberty International Airport, which resumes on June 3. After the break we’ll talk about the new Iceland route as well as the adjustments United is making in Africa, India, Israel, Italy, Germany and Japan all due to increased demand. 

Iceland

As for Iceland, United is the first U.S. carrier service from Chicago to Reykjavik, beginning July 1 and running daily through October 3. The schedule is timed for connections in Chicago O’Hare to over 100 cities in North America and will be operated by a Boeing 757-200 with 16 lie flat business class seats in the Polaris cabin. This new service builds upon United’s existing service to Reykjavik from Newark, with daily flights resuming June 3 and operating through October 29.

In terms of other schedule updates, United is adding three new markets in Africa*, with service three times weekly to Accra, Ghana from Washington Dulles beginning May 14, three times weekly service to Lagos, Nigeria from Washington Dulles set to begin later this year and daily service to Johannesburg, South Africa from Newark beginning June 3. However, all of these routes are subject to government approval.

United is expanding its India portfolio to 5 daily flights with new service from San Francisco to Bangalore beginning May 27. United is growing service to Tel Aviv as Israel prepares to welcome back group tourists, with Chicago service resuming three times weekly on May 7 and expansion of San Francisco to daily service on June 3, for a total of 24 weekly frequencies.

In May, United will resume service from Newark to Rome and Milan, and from Chicago to Munich, Amsterdam, and Tokyo Haneda. In June, United will resume flights between San Francisco and Tahiti. As always, vaccinated passengers may be subject to restrictions as they change over time. Check the quarantine or testing restrictions online before you travel. Coming up, you’ll hear my opinions about United’s new announcement as well as how the travel industry is recovering from the pandemic.

I feel really optimistic about the travel industry recovering. Seeing United as well as other airlines add routes shows how more people are booking trips. Although I don’t think the industry will bounce back super fast, it’s super helpful to see this growth. I can’t wait to travel in the future, and I hope you are too. Thanks so much for listening to this episode. We release episodes whenever there is a major update to the travel industry. If you would like to follow us in between uploads, follow us @travelwithkarm on all social media platforms. 

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