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As Countries Begin to Reopen, United Adds Three New International Routes

With selected countries beginning to reopen for vaccinated travelers, United is expanding its international network with three new routes this summer. Starting in July, United will offer new direct flights from Newark to Dubrovnik, Croatia, from Washington – Dulles to Athens, Greece, and from Chicago – O’Hare to Reykjavik, Iceland, all subject to government approval.

Travelers are able to upload their COVID-10 testing and vaccine information through United’s Travel-Ready Center to have it certified ahead of check-in. This enables travelers to get their boarding passes prior to arrival at the airport.

“As countries around the world begin the process of reopening, leisure travelers are eager to take a long-awaited getaway to new international destinations,” said Patrick Quayle, vice president of international network and alliances. “These three new routes unlock the natural beauty of the outdoors for our guests. They are also the latest example of how United is remaining nimble in rebuilding our network.”

The addition of these new routes reflects an increase in interest among United’s customers: in the last month, searches on for flights to Croatia, Greece, and Iceland are up 61%. Each of the new routes are timed to make convenient connections to over between 65 and 100 cities throughout North America.

Starting July 8, United will add the only nonstop flights between the United States and Dubrovnik on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. The airline will operate three weekly flights between Newark and Dubrovnik through October 3 on a Boeing 767-300ER with 30 United Polaris business class seats. Flights will operate Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from Newark and on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday from Dubrovnik.

United will expand its service to Athens with daily flights from Washington Dulles beginning July 1 and operating through October 3. The flight will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with all-aisle-access Polaris business and United Premium Plus seats. This builds on United’s existing daily summer service to Athens from Newark Liberty International Airport, which resumes on June 3.

United is expanding its service to Reykjavik, Iceland beginning July 1 and running daily through October 3. The flight will be operated by a Boeing 757-200 with 16 lie-flat business class seats in the Polaris cabin. This new service builds upon United’s existing service to Reykjavik from Newark, with daily flights resuming June 3 and operating through October 29.

These new routes are just the latest adjustments United is making to its international schedule in response to increased demand. In addition:

  • United is adding three new markets in Africa (subject to government approval), with service three times weekly to Accra, Ghana from Washington Dulles beginning May 14, three times weekly service to Lagos, Nigeria from Washington Dulles set to begin later this year, and daily service to Johannesburg, South Africa from Newark beginning June 3.
  • United is expanding its India service to 5 daily flights with a new route from San Francisco to Bangalore beginning May 27.
  • United is growing service to Tel Aviv as Israel prepares to welcome back group tourists, with Chicago service resuming three times weekly on May 7 and expansion of San Francisco to daily service on June 3, for a total of 24 weekly frequencies.
  • In May, United will resume service from Newark to Rome and Milan, and from Chicago to Munich, Amsterdam, and Tokyo Haneda.
  • In June, United will resume flights between San Francisco and Tahiti.

Vaccinated travelers may still be subject to local country restrictions related to quarantines, testing, curfews and other requirements. For complete details, visit

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