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UA Continues to Build Summer Network, Adding >480 Daily Flights to its June Schedule

UA Continues to Build Summer Network, Adding >480 Daily Flights to its June Schedule

Old Apr 23, 21, 11:04 am
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UA Continues to Build Summer Network, Adding >480 Daily Flights to its June Schedule

United Airlines Continues to Build Summer Network, Adding Over 480 Daily Flights to its U.S. June Schedule

Airline restarting 16 routes and adding nine new routes to destinations including Hawaii, Alaska and national parks
United to operate 67% of its domestic network schedule compared to June 2019, operating over 3,100 daily flights in the U.S.

CHICAGO, April 23, 2021
-- In June, United will fly its largest schedule since before the pandemic to meet growing demand for summer travel. The airline is adding more than 480 daily flights to its U.S. schedule to offer an average of over 3,100 total daily domestic flights to more than 240 U.S. destinations. This includes the addition of new flights to Hawaii, Alaska and Montana. Overall, United plans to fly 67% of its domestic schedule and 60% of its overall network schedule compared to its 2019 June schedule.

United will add nine brand-new routes in June, including daily flights from Denver to West Yellowstone, Mont. – the closest airport to Yellowstone National Park. In addition, United plans to add two new direct flights to Hawaii – from Chicago to Kona, and from New York/Newark to Maui. And as peak travel season to Alaska resumes, United will restart service from Chicago to Fairbanks and from Chicago, Houston, New York/Newark and San Francisco to Anchorage. United will also introduce brand new service between Fairbanks and Anchorage in June.

"As leisure travel continues to return this summer, we are adding more flights to our June schedule to national parks, Alaska, Hawaii, Florida and other popular destinations," said Ankit Gupta, vice president of domestic planning and scheduling at United. "June is historically the beginning of the peak summer travel season and ramping up to over 3,500 total daily flights across the system this June underscores the continued demand for leisure travel and our responsiveness to meeting that demand."

These new routes are part of United's ongoing strategy to capitalize on the pent-up customer demand for leisure travel with friends and family. Last month when United announced 26 brand new direct summer flights from Midwest cities to seven coastal destinations in the Southeast and New England, the airline received nearly 5,000 bookings for these routes in the first 48 hours.

June Domestic Schedule Highlights
  • United will fly over 40 flights to the Hawaiian Islands on peak days in June, including new service to Kona from Chicago and Maui from New York/Newark – United will be the only carrier to operate these routes.
  • United will operate up to 12 daily/69 weekly flights to Alaska from five hubs including Chicago, Denver, Houston, New York/Newark and San Francisco.
  • United will operate over 500 daily flights to 66 national park destinations including brand new service between Denver and West Yellowstone. United will fly to more national parks this summer than any other airline.

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Old Apr 23, 21, 11:36 am
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I assume these were already all the changes they made? Not new ones they are planning?
Note to self: Avoid National Parks this summer
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Old Apr 23, 21, 12:18 pm
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ANC-FAI? I assume a tag-on flight for IAH, EWR and SFO connections?
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Old Apr 23, 21, 12:33 pm
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Kind of intrigued by a flight to WYS!
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Old Apr 23, 21, 1:17 pm
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Kind of intrigued by a flight to WYS!
The biggest challenge around Yellowstone region airports could be a rental car at this point. (I'm one of the fools people venturing to Yellowstone this summer). Between increased flights to the parks and an apparent rental car shortage due to available chips (?) make sure to book the car early.

DEN-WYS is (no surprise, but unfortunately) all CR2.
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Old Apr 23, 21, 1:44 pm
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...Note to self: Avoid National Parks this summer
Towed RV to Grand Canyon late summer last year. Trailer Village packed, but lodges not. Without foreign tourists, it was a great, uncrowded experience on the rim. Below the rim, it has never been crowded. Unless UA and other carriers bring tourists in from outside US, the foreigner-heavy destinations (example Grand Canyon and Banff/Lske Louise) might experience one last breath of little bus-disgorged tourists throngs.
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Old Apr 23, 21, 2:13 pm
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Originally Posted by ty97 View Post
The biggest challenge around Yellowstone region airports could be a rental car at this point. (I'm one of the fools people venturing to Yellowstone this summer). Between increased flights to the parks and an apparent rental car shortage due to available chips (?) make sure to book the car early.

DEN-WYS is (no surprise, but unfortunately) all CR2.
Yeah, I'm sure West Yellowstone has the least good set of rental car options vs. Bozeman, Billings, Jackson, etc.

Real issue is the rental car cos. sold off a lot of their fleets last year and now can't repurchase easily because the lack of chips has slowed automobile production.
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Old Apr 25, 21, 12:16 am
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Now that Alaska has reopened, I hope UA can match some of the super low fares DL has to FAI and ANC.

What I have seen on UA for June is double or triple the May prices. So far, I only have three UA bookings for June.

If UA keeps quickly raising prices with no improvement in equipment or service, as they did at the beginning of Covid, I will be flying more weekly flights with AS, DL, and AA, and very few with UA.
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EWR-OGG seems nice; this might be a good route for UA. 👍
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Old Apr 25, 21, 7:31 am
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Yeah, I'm sure West Yellowstone has the least good set of rental car options vs. Bozeman, Billings, Jackson, etc.

Real issue is the rental car cos. sold off a lot of their fleets last year and now can't repurchase easily because the lack of chips has slowed automobile production.
I just tried to book July 6-13 in Jackson. The cheapest rental car is $1300 for 1 week. I can buy two plane tickets for that price!
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