As United Airlines looks toward the future and re-evaluates its international route map, is a new service in the works between Houston and Tel Aviv?
Will United Airlines Launch Houston – Tel Aviv Service?
United has posted a flight attendant job opening for its hub at Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). The primary requirement: the applicant must be a Hebrew speaker.
While that may not definitely foreshadow the new route, it seems a very strong sign that United is at least considering launching nonstop service from Houston to Tel Aviv (TLV).
At least before the pandemic, Israel was a very lucrative market for United, which offers nonstop service between Tel Aviv and its hubs in:
- Chicago ORD)
- Newark (EWR)
- San Francisco (SFO)
- Washington Dulles (IAD) [this route is currently on hiatus]
Just this week, American Airlines announced that its new Dallas (DFW) to Tel Aviv service would be further delayed. AA announced the new route in August 2019, but blamed the pandemic for scrapping its launch in September 2020 and pushing back its launch incrementally, now to May 2022.
This week, Israel reopened again to foreign visitors who are fully vaccinated.
While United Airlines is always considering (and does not comment on) new routes under proposal, the fact that it is hiring Hebrew-speaking flight attendants based in Houston is a fairly strong indicator that United is considering a new IAH-TLV route.