MIAMI – With leisure travel bouncing back, United Airlines (UA) today announced 26 new point-to-point seasonal routes to popular summer destinations.

The carrier also announced the resumption of new domestic and international routes starting in May, though UA will operate just 58% of its schedule compared to May 2019 as the pandemic’s impact lingers.

“In the past few weeks, we have seen the strongest flight bookings since the start of the pandemic,” Ankit Gupta, vice president of United’s domestic network planning and scheduling, said in a news release.

“As we rebuild our schedule to meet that demand, adding in seasonal point-to-point flying is just one of the ways we are finding opportunities to add new and exciting service. And as we have done throughout the entire pandemic, we will continue being nimble and strategic with our network to add the right service to the destinations our customers want to visit.”

Point-to-point Service


Starting May 27 and through Labor Day, UA will begin point-to-point service to Charleston, S.C.; Hilton Head, S.C.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Pensacola, Fla., and Portland, Maine from seven cities: Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio; St. Louis, Mo.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Milwaukee, Wis., and Indianapolis, Ind. United plans to deploy the 50-seat CRJ-550 operated by GoJet. The variant, a version of the CRJ-700, features two cabins and extra cabin storage.

United Airlines also plans to resume more than 20 domestic routes and introduce three new domestic routes between Houston and Kalispell, Mont.; Washington-Dulles and Bozeman, Mont.; and between Chicago and Nantucket, Mass. The airline previously announced new non-hub service between Orange County, Calif., and Honolulu to serve growing demand to Hawaii.

United Airlines. Photo Luca Flores/Airways

International Ramp-up


Internationally, in May, UA will fly more than 100 percent of its pre-pandemic schedule to Latin America compared to what it operated in 2019, including more flights to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.

The airline also plans to resume flights between Chicago and Tokyo Haneda, Amsterdam and Tele Aviv as well as between Newark, N.J., and Milan, and Rome.

United Airlines Boeing 737 MAX Photo: Brandon Farris/AW

New Summer Point-to-Point Frequencies


Service from Cleveland to:
Frequency
Charleston, S.C.3x weekly
Hilton Head, S.C.3x weekly
Myrtle Beach, S.C.3x weekly
Pensacola, Fla.3x weekly
Portland, Maine3x weekly
Service from Cincinnati to:
Charleston, S.C.3x weekly
Hilton Head, S.C.3x weekly
Pensacola, Fla.3x weekly
Portland, Maine3x weekly
Service from Columbus to:
Charleston, S.C.4x weekly
Hilton Head, S.C.3x weekly
Portland, Maine4x weekly
Service from Indianapolis to:
Charleston, S.C.3x weekly
Hilton Head, S.C.4x weekly
Portland, Maine4x weekly
Service from Milwaukee to:
Charleston, S.C.2x weekly
Myrtle Beach, S.C.2x weekly
Pensacola, Fla.2x weekly
Portland, Maine2x weekly
Savannah, Ga.2x weekly
Service from St. Louis to:
Hilton Head, S.C.3x weekly
Myrtle Beach, S.C.3x weekly
Service from Pittsburgh to:
Charleston, S.C.3x weekly
Hilton Head, S.C.3x weekly
Pensacola, Fla.3x weekly
Portland, Maine3x weekly

Featured image: United Airlines N206UA BOEING 777-222(ER). Photo: Otto Kirchof/Airways