As United Airlines prepares for what it hopes will be the busiest transatlantic summer season ever, two new routes will not take-off as planned.
United Airlines Cancels Berlin, Prague Routes, Citing Market Conditions
This week, United Airlines removed two flights from its summer schedule, including:
- Newark (EWR) – Prague (PRG)
- Washington (IAD) – Berlin (BER)
Live and Let’s Fly reached out to United to confirm the Prague cancellation was was told:
“United makes regular adjustments to our schedule in response to a number of factors including demand, costs and resources. We look forward to bringing this route back into our network as soon as the market allows.”
I later found that the Berlin flight was also cancelled.
Passengers booked on these flights will find themselves re-accommodated through Frankfurt or Zurich with a connection on Lufthansa or SWISS. If the automatic rebooking option is not suitable, you can reach out to United to discuss other options or request a refund.
Since the War in Ukraine began, we’ve had clients at Award Expert cancel or postpone travel plans to Central and Eastern Europe. Although I think there is zero chance that Prague would be impacted by the Ukraine War any more than London, Paris, or Rome, I do observe some hesitation to even enter that part of Europe.
As for Berlin, I’m sorry United’s “capital” service will not expand because the German capital is one of my favorite cities in Europe. United’s Newark – Berlin service will continue.
Rather than blame the route cancellations on Ukraine or even tepid demand, the most likely answer is that United needed those aircraft for other markets. United is expanding in London with new service from Boston and a resumption of service to Los Angeles and Denver. It is also launching other new routes, including:
- Chicago (ORD)
- Milan (MXP)
- Zurich (ZRH)
- Denver (DEN)
- Munich (MUC)
- Newark (EWR)
- Bergen, Norway (BGO)
- Palma de Mallorca, Spain (PMI)
- Ponta Delgada, Azores (PDL)
- Tenerife, Spain (TNF)
- Washington (IAD)
- Amman (AMM)
United told Live and Let’s Fly that all these additional new routes will launch as planned.
United Airlines will not launch new service to Berlin or Prague, as originally planned. Citing demand, cost, and resources, United says it hopes to launch these routes at a future time. But it won’t be this summer.