CHICAGO, Oct 14 (Reuters) – United Airlines (UAL.O) on Thursday introduced an enlargement of its transatlantic service subsequent 12 months, including 5 new locations to capitalize on pent-up journey demand.
U.S. carriers are buoyed by the Biden administration’s determination to reopen to totally vaccinated air vacationers from 33 nations, together with most of Europe, in November.
In 2019, earlier than the coronavirus pandemic, transatlantic routes accounted for up to 17% of passenger revenues for the large three U.S. carriers – United, Delta and American.
The airways have stated they’ve seen a surge in bookings for the reason that White House introduced the lifting of the journey restrictions final month. United has stated that it expects the transatlantic route to have the busiest ever summer time subsequent 12 months.
In May, the corporate will begin new flights from Washington to Amman in Jordan, New York to the Azores, and New York to Bergen in Norway. In June, it plans to begin flights from New York to Spain’s Balearic and Canary Islands.
Anticipating a rise in journey demand, the Chicago-based service can also be planning to add extra flights to Munich, Milan, Berlin, Rome and Dublin.
“We will be flying to more destinations across the Atlantic than ever in the company’s history,” stated Patrick Quayle, senior vice chairman of worldwide community and alliances at United. “We are confident that bookings across the transatlantic will be the best.”
Other carriers are additionally gearing up for the reopening of the world’s most vital long-haul market. Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) on Wednesday stated all of its flights for Europe subsequent 12 months could have new premium financial system seats.