United adds several new international flights from Dulles

As part of what it calls its largest trans-Atlantic expansion in its history next year, United Airlines is adding two new trans-Atlantic destinations from Dulles International Airport, and reviving another international flight that has been suspended since the pandemic cut demand.

Starting May 5, United will operate nonstop service between Dulles and Amman, Jordan, three days a week. United is the only North American carrier with nonstop flights to Amman.

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United will also add Dulles flights to Berlin. United is also the only U.S. carrier with nonstop flights to Berlin. Its other is from Newark.

Systemwide, United will also resume service on seven international routes interrupted by the pandemic, including flights from Dulles to Tokyo’s Haneda airport March 26.

“Given our big expectations for a rebound in travel to Europe for summer, this is the right time to leverage our leading global network in new, exiting ways,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s senior vice president of international network and alliances. “Our expansion offers the widest rate of destinations to discover.”

This summer, United started new service from Dulles to Athens and added a second flight from Dulles to Frankfurt.

United is the dominant carrier at Dulles Airport.

New service launching next spring from other United hubs include Ponta Delgada, Azores; Bergen, Norway; Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands; and Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

United is also expanding service with additional flights to some of its existing European destinations.

On Sunday, Oct. 10, the Transportation Security Administration screened 2.1 million passengers at American airports, more than twice as many as the same Sunday a year ago and roughly 80% of U.S. airport passengers the same Sunday in 2019.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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