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UAL Builds Summer Network to Popular Vacation Spots and Parks

United is adding 480 daily flights in June and adding nine new routes, including Hawaii, Alaska and national parks

April 27, 2021

If you have to fly, it should get a whole lot easier in June, especially if you are flying with United Airlines. United will fly its largest schedule since pre-pandemic times to meet growing demand for summer 2021 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 surge in seats includes the addition of new flights to Hawaii, Alaska and Montana. Overall, United plans to fly 67 percent of its domestic schedule and 60 percent 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 (DIA) to West Yellowstone, Montana (WYS) – the closest airport to Yellowstone National Park. In addition, United plans to add two new direct flights to Hawaii – from Chicago (ORD) to Kona (KOA), and from New York/Newark (EWR) to Maui (OGG). And as peak travel season to Alaska resumes, United will restart service from Chicago to Fairbanks (FAI) and from Chicago, Houston (IAH), New York/Newark and San Francisco (SFO) to Anchorage (ANC). 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.

Have a Safe Journey 

United is ensures the health and safety of passengers through its CleanPlus program and has teamed up with Clorox and Cleveland Clinic to redefine cleaning and health safety procedures from check-in to landing. Customers can review COVID-19 entry requirements, find local testing options and upload any required testing and vaccination records for domestic and international travel, with help from its Travel Ready Center. United has been able integrate all these features into its mobile app and website as a new all-in-one service.