United Airlines is adding eight new routes this winter and increasing flights to 19 destinations in the Caribbean and Central America. Airlines are especially looking for Sunny Gateway with new nonstop flights for leisure passengers.
Eight new routes
United Airlines is adding eight new nonstop routes starting in December:
- Flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) [Saturday-only service starting on December 19th, daily from January 5th]
- LAX to San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP) [three-times weekly service from December 17th]
- Denver (DEN) to Belize City, Belize (BZE)
- D.N. To S.J.O.
- Washington to Washington-Dulles (IAD) to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ)
- Cleveland (CLE) and Cancun (CUN)
Since January, United has been adding two new nonstop routes from Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) to LAX and San Francisco (SFO). SFO’s service is Saturday only and will begin January 9th. From Los Angeles, flights will run three times a week from January 8th.
Patrick Kyle, United’s vice president of international networks and connections, said in a press release:
“These eight new routes highlight the continued expansion of our network and are based on our strong presence in Latin America. Our new and growing service provides passengers with more opportunities to get warm-weather and visit friends and family during the winter season. “
The news comes as the airline is adding services to 40 new beach routes, with a view to resuming transcontinental flights from New York-JFK early next year and adding seven new long-distance routes to India, Hawaii and Africa.
Extending services to new Mexican destinations
In addition to Cleveland and Cancun nonstop flights, United is expanding services from all boards to Mexico. From Houston, it is resuming services for Mazatl્લn (MZT) from December 19th. The rest is up to the existing services.
From Chicago (ORD), United is expanding the services of Cosmol (CZM), San Jose del Cabo (SJD) and Puerto Vallarta (PVR). Outside Denver International Airport (DEN), United Queens, CZM, SJD and PVR have higher frequencies.
From Houston (IAH), United is adding new flights to Acapulco (ACA), Siun, CZM, SJD, PVR and Zihutanejo (ZIH).
From Los Angeles, increased services are coming to CUN, SJD and PVR. Similar routes will also see services outside of Newark (EWR).
In addition, United is increasing flights to Cancun, from both San Francisco and Washington Washington-Dulles.
More Caribbean and Central American flights
From December 17, United will begin their aforementioned route to Santo Domingo. It will offer ten nonstop destinations in the Caribbean, including Punta Cana, Grand Cayman, Nassau, Montego Bay, Aruba, Turks and Caicos and San Juan. St. Thomas and St. Martin are also served outside Washington Washington-Dulles. The firm will also travel from IAD to Cancun in San Jose, Costa Rica and Mexico. San Salvador (SAL) will operate flights twice a day.
From Denver, in addition to United’s flights to Belize and Costa Rica, Denver will see service to Liberia, Costa Rica and Nassau, Bahamas.
From Los Angeles, United is increasing its flights to Guatemala City (GUA) ten times a week. For SAL, carrier flights increase to eleven weekly flights.
Houston, Chicago and Denver United have high performance centers. These airports traditionally account for the largest share of domestic passengers traveling from East Coast, Midwest and Southeast to Mountain West and West Coast.
Coastal centers in Newark, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington-Dulles have their respective advantages, but those centers best connect passengers on long-haul international flights. Dulles, however, is also a great gateway to the Caribbean. Most of United’s passengers originate from local American cities, so this is a very good center to try out these new routes.
Right now, with plenty of idle planes and a dire need for passengers – most of whom are traveling leisurely – United Airlines is trying to get the majority of those passengers, which will translate into a large share of revenue. If possible. It is also a time when the operator can take some risks without passing on the possibility of additional revenue elsewhere in view of the significantly pressured demand for travel.
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