United Airlines is set to revolutionize transatlantic travel with the introduction of its most extensive summer schedule for 2024, featuring unique non-stop flights and early returns of popular seasonal routes.
This expansion solidifies United’s position as a leader in transatlantic travel, offering more destinations than any other U.S. airline.
Starting May 24, United will be the first and only airline to provide a direct connection between New York/Newark and Faro, Portugal.
This new service opens up the stunning Algarve region to U.S. travelers, showcasing Portugal’s breathtaking beaches and rich historical sites. The route will operate four times a week on a Boeing 757-200, adding to United’s comprehensive service to Portugal, which already includes year-round flights to Lisbon and seasonal services to Porto and Ponta Delgada in the Azores.
In addition to the Faro route, United is introducing new flights to key European cities, including Reykjavik, Brussels, Rome, and Malaga. The airline is also bringing back nine of its most popular seasonal routes to Portugal, Italy, France, and Spain up to two months early, providing travelers with more opportunities to explore Europe.
“United offers the most flights to the most destinations across the Atlantic, and we’re now giving our customers even more flexibility and choice when planning their trips abroad,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances. “Whether customers are looking to travel during peak season or shoulder season, visit the most popular tourism destinations or discover a hidden gem, the scope and scale of our network makes United the easy choice for transatlantic travel.”
The summer of 2024 will also see the return of seasonal flights between Reykjavik and New York/Newark, resuming for the first time since the summer of 2022. Additional flights to Brussels, Rome, and Malaga will further enhance United’s European network, providing travelers with even more options to experience the continent’s diverse cultures and landscapes.
As transatlantic travel demand continues to soar, United is responding by resuming several of its most popular routes early, including services to Lisbon, Barcelona, Rome, Nice, Milan, Naples, and Malaga. These earlier starts aim to accommodate the growing number of travelers seeking spring shoulder season getaways, following a trend from last spring where United saw a 33% increase in customers flying across the Atlantic compared to 2022.
United’s commitment to connecting the world doesn’t stop at Europe. The summer of 2024 will also see a 30% growth in the airline’s network across the Pacific, with non-stop service to 15 destinations, including new routes between San Francisco-Manila and San Francisco-Beijing. Additionally, United’s Latin American schedule will grow by 10%, extending some of its newest and most popular routes into the summer season.
With tickets already on sale, travelers can start planning their 2024 adventures now, taking advantage of United’s unparalleled network and commitment to providing more options and flexibility for transatlantic travel.