United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby expects summer transatlantic travel in 2022 to be at the highest level ever. To help meet that anticipated demand, United is adding 1o new transatlantic flights next year and will also commence previously-announced new routes delayed due to the pandemic.
10 New Transatlantic Routes For United Airlines Summer 2022 Season
In a move that United heralds as the “largest transatlantic expansion in its history,” United will add five new international destinations to its route map, including:
- Amman, Jordan
- Bergen, Norway
- Azores, Portugal
- Palma de Mallorca, Spain
- Tenerife, Spain
The move come as United reports a surge in interest in 2022 travel. Let’s explore each new route.
Washington (IAD) – Amman (AMM)
United will begin new capital to capital service between Washington, D.C. and Amman, Jordan starting May 5th. The service will run 3x weekly and be operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
Patrick Quayle, Senior Vice President of International Network and Alliances at United, told Live and Let’s Fly that close-ties between the USA and Jordan as well as untapped tourism potential for the Hashemite Kingdom.
Newark (EWR) – Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal (PDL)
United will add services to the Azores, its third destination in Portugal, from Newark starting on May 13th. The flight will run daily.
This is a short flight, but United will operate a Boeing 737 MAX 8 on it, which will features its United Next interior with the latest mood lighting, high speed internet, and seatback enturinent, but will not have lie-flat beds in business class.
Newark (EWR) – Bergen, Norway (BGO)
United will offer 3x weekly service to Bergen, Norway, a gateway to the fjords. Service begins on May 20, 2022. For this route, United will utilize a Boeing 757-200.
I have family that lives in Bergen and never thought I would see a U.S. carrier service this city of 271,000. I am excited about the new route and would love to take my family to see the Sognefjord and other natural beauty in Norway. I hope that Norway will re-open its borders to foreign travelers by next May!
Newark (EWR) – Palma de Mallorca, Spain (PMI)
3x weekly flights to the Spanish island will be begin on June 2, 2021 utilizing a Boeing 767-300ER. The move complements United’s service to Barcelona and Madrid and marks the only carrier to offer transatlantic service between the USA and Mallorca.
This is a popular island…for Europeans. German is more readily spoken than Spanish and Lufthansa was running Airbus A350-900s and Boeing 747-8s between Germany and PMI this summer. United hopes, despite the greater distance, this island will attract U.S. visitors as well.
Newark (EWR) – Tenerife, Spain (TFN)
In addition to the Balearic Islands, United will commence service to the Canary Islands as well, with new 3x weekly service to Tenerife from Newark. United will use a Boeing 767-300ER on the new route.
I spent a week in August in the neighboring Las Palmas, which was reachable from Tenerife by boat. There’s a lot to like (though do watch out for the volcano in Gran Canaria).
Other New Routes To Existing Cities
In addition to the five brand new destinations, United will also add five additional new flights to cites already served from other hubs. Those include:
- Denver ⇄ Munich – daily
- Chicago ⇄ Milan Malpensa – daily
- Newark ⇄ Dublin – will go double daily
- Newark ⇄ Rome – will go double daily
- Washington ⇄ Berlin – daily
Aircraft type and schedule has not yet been released.
Finally, previously announced flights that were delayed due to the pandemic will run next year:
- Chicago ⇄ Zurich – daily, beginning April 23
- Newark ⇄ Nice – daily, beginning April 29
- Newark ⇄ Frankfurt – second daily beginning April 23
- San Francisco ⇄ Bangalore – daily, beginning May 26
- New Tokyo Haneda Routes – start by March 26th
- Los Angeles
These new routes demonstrate United’s continued shift toward leisure travel but also a bold move to try to create demand in 2022 where it might not currently exist. I was expecting more conventional destinations like LAX-MUC or IAD-ARN and instead Untied announced it will serve Jordan and two Spanish islands. But if United’s forecasts prove to be correct, it stands ready to capture additional market share through a number of innovate new routes.
What are your thoughts on Untied’s new transatlantic routes? Which route would you like to try?