United Airlines will add 400 more daily flights to its July 2021 schedule as it continues to see a a strong rebound in both domestic and international travel.
United Airlines Bulks Up July 2021 Schedule With More Flights
In what will be United’s largest month since before the pandemic, United will operate 80% of its domestic schedule compared to July 2019 and will bolster its previously-announced international service.
United Re-Introduces More Flight Banks At Two Domestic Hubs
United will adjust its flights times at both Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Washington Dulles (IAD) to create more seamless connections. In Chicago, United will add two new flight banks, creating a total of nine flights banks throughout the day. In Washington Dulles, United will add a third flight bank.
Flight banks are clusters of flights that depart around the same time to minimize connection time for customers. Although flight banks increase delay potential, they also increase airline revenue by offering passengers shorter connections and flight durations that often command a higher fare.
Look for potential schedule changes as United tinkers with existing schedules.
United also promises new routes to:
- Bozeman, MT (BZN)
- Orange County, CA (SNA)
- Raleigh, N.C (RDU)
- Yellowstone/Cody, WY (COD)
The schedule will represent a 17% increase over June.
United One-Ups Delta On Dubrovnik, Adds Service To Athens, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Madrid
Referencing strong bookings, United will move up its Newark (EWR) – Dubrovnik (DBV) flight to July 1st. Previously, the new service was set to begin on July 8th. But after United announced the new route, Delta announced it would match United with service to Dubrovnik from New York Kennedy (JFK) starting on July 2nd. Now United will begin the new route one day before Delta.
In addition, United will:
- Use a Boeing 777-200ER on its Newark – Athens (ATH) route (instead of a 787)
- Add a second-daily Washington – Frankfurt (FRA) flight
- Resume service from Newark to:
- Barcelona (BCN)
- Lisbon (LIS)
- Madrid (MAD)
The resumption of service to Portugal and Spain is contingent upon those nations opening up their borders to vaccinated American tourists.
Within the USA, the summer of 2021 is going to look much more like the summer of 2019 than 2020. United will add over 400 daily flights and add more flight banks at Chicago and Washington. Internationally, United will increase service to Frankfurt, use a larger aircraft for Athens, move-up the start date of Dubrovnik, and return to Portugal and Germany.