United Airlines will add two new Latin America flights and a new Caribbean route this winter, as capacity and demand in that region exceeds even 2019 levels.
Cleveland to Nassau, Bahamas On United Airlines
Expanding on United’s growing network of “point-to-point” flights that do not touch a hub (though Cleveland was once a hub), United will offer direct service from Cleveland (CLE) to Nassau (NAS). The Saturday-only service will be the only nonstop service to the Caribbean from Cleveland. United Also serves Nassau from Denver (DEN), Houston (IAH), New York Newark (EWR), and Washington Dulles (IAD).
Chicago to Guatemala City, Guatemala On United Airlines
United will serve Guatemala City (GUA) once-weekly (Saturdays) from Chicago O’Hare (ORD). With the new service, United will fly more routes to Guatemala than any other carrier. United also serves Guatemala City from Houston, Los Angeles (LAX), New York Newark and Washington, DC.
Denver to Roatan, Honduras On United Airlines
United will be the first carrier to connect Denver to Honduras with once-weekly (Saturday) service to Roatan (RTB), adding to its existing service from Houston. United is turning Denver is rapidly becoming a key gateway from the West to Central America. Already this year, United has added flights from Denver to the Bahamas, Belize, and Costa Rica.
Overall, United will operate 167 daily flights to the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico which represents a 26% capacity increase compared to what it operated in Winter 2019.
Patrick Quayle, United’s Vice President of International Network and Alliances, noted:
“Throughout the pandemic, Latin America has remained one of the strongest regions for United with leisure demand meeting or exceeding 2019 levels. We have been adding new flights to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America since last summer and with today’s announcement, United will fly 20 new routes across Latin America that we did not operate in 2019 so our customers can enjoy more beaches and warmer weather.”
The traffic is two-way includes strong demand originating in Latin America to travel to the Untied States. While Europeans remained locked out of America, Mexican and Central Americans with visas are welcomed.
As the pandemic continues to linger, United is flying where the demand is, or at least trying to create it by focusing on leisure as well as friends and family travel. The new Latin American and Caribbean routes are another reflection that business travel will only slowly return in 2021 and into 2022.