United Airlines announced on Monday they are adding three new flight routes from the U.S. to Croatia, Greece, and Iceland as more countries reopen to vaccinated travelers.
The new flight routes give U.S. travelers more options for summer travel by flying direct to countries that are open to vaccinated visitors. It’s another sign that Europe will be open for international tourism this summer, with the news coming the same day that the president of France announced they are reopening to US tourists.
United Adds Three New U.S. Flight Routes to European Countries
Starting in July, United Airlines will offer a new direct flight from Newark Liberty to Dubrovnik, Croatia, from Washington Dulles to Athens, Greece, and from Chicago O’Hare to Reykjavik, Iceland. All flight routes are subject to government approval.
According to the press release, searches on United.com for flights to these three destinations are up by 61%.
“As countries around the world begin the process of reopening, leisure travelers are eager to take a long-awaited getaway to new international destinations,” said Patrick Quayle, vice president of international network and alliances.
“These three new routes unlock the natural beauty of the outdoors for our guests. They are also the latest example of how United is remaining nimble in rebuilding our network.”
In May, international flights will account for 40% of United’s total capacity, down from 45% compared to May 2019. Executives have said recently that domestic leisure demand has recovered to near pre-pandemic levels.
New Flight from Newark to Dubrovnik, Croatia
Starting July 8th, United will offer the only nonstop service between the U.S. and Croatia. The airline will operate three weekly flights between Newark Liberty International Airport and Dubrovnik through October 3, 2021.
Flights will operate Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from Newark and on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday from Dubrovnik. They will be timed to connect in Newark to over 65 cities in North America.
Croatia is currently open to American tourists, vaccinated or not. You can see the latest vaccine and testing requirements here.
New Flight from Washington to Athens, Greece
United will expand its current service to Athens with new daily flights from Washington Dulles International Airport beginning July 1 through October 3. This new route builds on United’s existing daily summer service to Athens from Newark, which resumes on June 3.
Greece is reopening for tourism this week. All visitors will need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test.
New Flight from Chicago to Reykjavik, Iceland
United is expanding its service to Iceland with the first U.S. carrier service from Chicago to Reykjavik beginning July 1 and running daily through October 3. This new service builds on United’s existing service to Reykjavik from Newark, with daily flights resuming June 3 and operating through October 29.
Iceland has reopened to vaccinated tourists from all countries without quarantine or testing.
These new routes are just the latest adjustments United is making to its international schedule in response to increased demand. They are also adding and or resuming flights in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, India, Israel, Italy, Amsterdam, Tokyo, and French Polynesia.
United’s Travel Ready Center
United’s Travel Ready Center enables customers to upload their COVID-19 testing and vaccine documentation and have it certified ahead of check-in so they can get their boarding pass before heading to the airport. Travelers can also use this center to manage entry requirements in different destinations and find places to get tests.
The airline is committed to putting health and safety at the forefront of every customer’s journey. They have implemented more than a dozen new policies, protocols, and innovations through the United CleanPlus program.
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