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United Launches Massive North American Expansion for Summer 2024

The carrier will offer more than 150 daily flights between the U.S. and Canada and operate its largest Alaska schedule for over 10 years this summer

by Fergus Cole

January 29, 2024

Photo: Alaska. Courtesy of Craig Vodnik / Unsplash

United Airlines will launch a significant network expansion this summer with an addition of more than 100 flights to destinations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

According to United, passenger demand for outdoor leisure and nature destinations surged during the pandemic, with the trend continuing into 2024, and this is reflected in the airline’s latest route expansion. United’s flurry of new flights this summer includes new routes and flight frequencies to picturesque destinations such as Anchorage (ANC), Calgary (YYC), and Vancouver (YVR).

Photo: Anchorage, Alaska. Courtesy of Zetong Li

The Chicago-based carrier will operate its largest schedule to Alaska this summer for over ten years. It will offer almost 70 daily services to national park destinations in the U.S., including Bozeman (BZN) and Jackson Hole (JAC).

It will also offer more than 150 daily flights between the U.S. and nine Canadian destinations, strengthening its position as the dominant U.S. carrier north of the border. Since United expanded its partnership with Air Canada in 2022, it has grown its network in Canada by over 70 percent.

“We know that people want to get outdoors this summer, and United is making it easier than ever to get to fun destinations across North America,” said Patrick Quayle, Senior Vice President of Network Planning and Alliances at United Airlines.

Photo: United Airlines, Boeing 777-200ER. Courtesy of Denver International Airport.

“From adding non-stop service to places previously only reachable through multiple connections to leveraging our relationships with airline partners like Air Canada, we’re giving customers lots of options to unlock new experiences.”

In Canada, United will resume flights from Newark (EWR) to Halifax (YHZ), from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Vancouver (YVR), from Denver (DEN) to Winnipeg (YWG), and from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to both Winnipeg and Quebec City (YQB), all in May.

It will also increase capacity on flights from Denver to Edmonton (YEG) and from Newark to Montreal (YUL) and increase flight frequencies to Toronto (YYZ), Calgary (YYC), and Ottawa (YOW).

Also in May, United will launch seasonal daily flights from Washington Dulles to Anchorage (ANC) and from Denver to Fairbanks (FAI), taking its total services to Alaska to over 10 per day, on average.

Photo: Courtesy of United Airlines

In total, United is adding more than 100 new flights from across its seven U.S. hubs: Chicago, Denver, Washington Dulles, Newark, Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), and San Francisco (SFO). This includes more than 40 new flights for Denver and Houston and over 20 for Washington Dulles and Chicago O’Hare.

Extra flights will be added this summer to a wide range of North American cities, including popular leisure destinations like Miami (MIA), Las Vegas (LAS), Vail (EGE), Aspen (ASE), Honolulu (HNL), Kauai (LIH), and Panama City (PTY).