United Airlines will resume almost 30 international routes in September, even as demand takes a tumble due to the continuing travel restrictions and unease over COVID-19. Here’s a look at the United Airlines September 2020 schedule, both domestically and internationally.
United Outlines September 2020 Schedule
The September 2020 United schedule will be 37% of the September 2019 overall schedule and mark a 4% increase over planned travel for August. Domestically, United will fly 40% of its 2019 schedule while internationally United will fly 30% of its 2019 schedule.
Patrick Quayle, United’s Vice President of International Network and Alliances, noted that United’s focus right now is on leisure travel, not business:
“We continue to be realistic in our approach to building back our international and domestic schedules by closely monitoring customer demand and flying where people want to go. In September, we’re adding even more options for leisure travelers or those who want to visit friends and relatives, whether that’s within the United States or around the world.”
That’s not so much a preference as much as it is a reflection of reality.
United Domestic Additions
United will focus on its mid-continent hubs, with increased serve from Denver, Chicago, and Houston. Overall, it will add 48 new routes (40 daily flights), which have not been announced yet. With Hawaii set to reopen, United will also resume service to Hilo and Kauai and increase service to Honolulu, Kona, and Maui.
United International Additions – Atlantic
As Live and Let’s Fly reported earlier this month, United will launch new service between Chicago and Tel Aviv in September. It will also resume service on four routes:
- Chicago ⇄ Amsterdam
- Houston ⇄ Amsterdam
- Houston ⇄ Frankfurt
- San Francisco ⇄ Munich
This marks the first return of transatlantic service to Houston. Service between Chicago and both London and Frankfurt will return to daily.
United International Additions – Pacific
Although previously announced, United still plans to reintroduce service on two routes:
- Los Angeles ⇄ Sydney
- Chicago ⇄ Hong Kong
United International Additions – Latin America/Caribbean
September Routes resumptions in Latin America and the Caribbean include:
- Chicago ⇄ San Juan
- Chicago ⇄ Puerto Vallarta
- Denver ⇄ Cabo San Luca
- Denver ⇄ Puerto Vallarta
- Houston ⇄ Aguascalientes
- Houston ⇄ San Jose, Costa Rica
- Houston ⇄ Tampico
- Houston ⇄ Veracruz
- Los Angeles ⇄ Puerto Vallarta
- Newark ⇄ San Jose, Costa Rica
- Newark ⇄ St. Thomas
- Washington Dulles ⇄ San Juan
United will also increase service between Houston and Quito, Ecuador.
United’s lean September schedule represents that demand is not returning as fast as it appeared as recently as late June. Many routes are slated to return, but do not hold your breath if numbers continue to get worse and severe travel restrictions remain in place.