United plans transatlantic expansion in 2023


United Airlines in 2023 will add transatlantic service to three cities and increase service to six others, the company announced Wednesday.

The carrier will add service May 27 between Newark Liberty International Airport and Stockholm and May 31 between Malaga, Spain and Newark. On March 25, United will add a previously announced service between Newark and Dubai.

Additionally, United will add service to select European destinations currently served. On May 25, the carrier will add daily service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Shannon, Ireland and Barcelona. On the same day, it will launch daily service to Rome from San Francisco International Airport, as well as daily service between Washington Dulles International Airport and Berlin.

United plans to add a second daily flight from Los Angeles International Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport on March 25, and will launch a second daily flight from Washington Dulles to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport on June 2. .

Patrick Quayle, senior vice president of global network planning and alliances, said on a conference call on Tuesday that all transatlantic services launched by the carrier for the summer 2022 season would return, with the exception of service between Newark and Bergen, Norway.

Quayle said United’s transatlantic capacity for the summer of 2023 would be 10% to 11% higher than 2022 capacity, measured in available seat miles, and around 30% higher than 2019.

He acknowledged that capacity caps at some airports in Europe, including Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, have affected some services.

Meanwhile, Quayle said “we plan to phase in the capacity over the winter months” in Japan, which has begun to ease restrictions on international travel.

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