United Airlines is adding three high-profile international routes – including two entirely new destinations – as it pushes ahead with an aggressive international expansion.
The new destinations – Naples, Italy, and Prague – will both be served from United’s hub at Newark Liberty International Airport. United will become the only airline to fly to Naples from anywhere in North America once the service launches May 22.
The third route is a new European link for the airline’s San Francisco hub; nonstop service to Amsterdam begins March 30.
United also confirmed that two seasonal European routes – Newark-Reykjavik, Iceland, and Newark-Porto, Portugal – will return to the schedule in May 2019 after debuting this year.
The new services are the most-recent in a growing list of new international routes to be announced by United during the past two years. Highlights have included new routes to Buenos Aires, Argentina; Tel Aviv, Israel; Singapore; Tahiti, French Polynesia; and Sydney.
«We’ve built an unparalleled global network and we continuously look for opportunities to make United the first choice for travelers booking flights to Europe and beyond,” Patrick Quayle, United’s vice president of International Network, said in a statement.
United will face competition on its new Prague and Amsterdam routes. To Prague, Delta already flies seasonally to the Czech capital from nearby New York JFK while American just announced plans to serve Prague from Philadelphia.
United’s Amsterdam-San Francisco route will go head-to-head with existing service on Dutch carrier KLM. United already flies to Amsterdam from its hubs at Chicago O’Hare, Houston Bush Intercontinental, Newark Liberty and Washington Dulles…