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United Announces 12 New and Expanded International Destinations



In what had been rumored for weeks and teased for at least the last day, United Airlines on Thursday announced an expanded international schedule that includes a mix of new and current destinations.

The flights will originate from United hubs in Chicago, Denver, New York/Newark and San Francisco.

United’s announcement includes new service to Nice, France; Palermo, Italy; and Curacao.

Expansion of existing service includes additional flights to Amsterdam; London; Frankfurt, Germany; and Zurich and will resume its seasonal summer service earlier to popular destinations including Athens, Greece; Naples, Italy; Porto, Portugal; and Barcelona, Spain.

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“United’s global network is a tremendous source of pride for our employees and loyal customers – we’re always looking for ways to grow and expand our network to connect our customers to more destinations around the world,” United’s International Network Vice President Patrick Quayle said in a statement. “These new additions help position United as the airline of choice for customers planning their business or leisure travel.”

The announcement noted that service between New York/Newark and Curacao, Nice and Palermo will be seasonal starting later this year. United now flies to all three ABC islands – Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.

Beginning May 2, 2020, United will offer customers daily nonstop service between New York/Newark and Nice, France. The same month, United will be the only airline offering nonstop daily service between the United States and Palermo, Italy, the capital city of Sicily and United’s fifth Italian destination.

In the last two years, United has announced 26 new international routes, including nonstop service between the United States and Prague; Cape Town, South Africa; Tahiti, French Polynesia; Naples, Italy; Porto, Portugal; and Reykjavik, Iceland.

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