The most exciting new route additions of 2022 – and the ones we’re excited to fly on in 2023

How does a long weekend in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, or on Tenerife sound?

With United Airlines, getting to these popular summer destinations – and many more – from the United States has never been easier. That’s thanks to the new non-stop service launched during the pandemic, which has helped the Chicago-based airline become the largest US carrier in the transatlantic market.

This year, the airline embarked on its largest transatlantic expansion to date, adding five new destinations as well as five new routes to existing cities.

From capital-to-capital connections to Jordan, to Boeing 737 MAX flights to the Portuguese Azores, to a new eye-catching route to Mallorca, United’s flight schedule was packed with many exciting routes that complement traditional transatlantic markets like Paris and Rome .

So exciting is United’s transatlantic expansion in 2022, coupled with a busy schedule expected for 2023, that the Company was honored with TPG’s Editors’ Choice Award for Best New Route( n) was awarded.

In fact, United’s new flights in 2022 have been so popular that all but one are returning for another season.


The only one to be dropped is Bergen, Norway, which failed to meet the airline’s performance thresholds. Amman, Jordan; Azores, Portugal; Palma de Mallorca, Spain; and Tenerife, Spain are all coming back.

In addition to round-trip travel, United is adding flights to three new destinations next year: Malaga, Spain; Stockholm; and Dubai, the latter of which will be operated as part of the new connection with Emirates.

The airline will also add four new routes to existing destinations:

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  • San Francisco to Rome.
  • Chicago to Shannon, Ireland.
  • Chicago to Barcelona.
  • Washington to Berlin.

Eventually, the airline will expand its service from the US to Europe’s two largest markets: London and Paris. The airline will add a second daily service between Los Angeles and London on March 25 and a second daily service between Washington and Paris on June 2.

While the exciting news is the whole new United service, the airline is pulling out all the stops to make these new flights extra special.


Over the years, United has made its major transatlantic flight schedule announcement an annual tradition, with the airline teasing new markets on its social media channels to build anticipation for the flights. The airline’s network planning team even stars in a promotional teaser video.

Ahead of the launch of the service, United is promoting new markets in airport signage and the overall onboard entertainment system.

And of course the airline knows how to celebrate when launch day arrives.


From Polaris commemorative pajamas to special amenity kits and meals, flying enthusiasts should definitely try a United opening ceremony. Various executives usually join in the fun, and the cabin crew are usually very excited about the new service.

You can even catch a cool after-flight party, as pictured below from last June’s Mallorca opening.


With this massive transatlantic expansion, United is fulfilling its mission to become “the flagship of the United States,” a statement first shared at the Emirates partnership unveiling in September and since repeated by executives in recent media calls.

Whether United is America’s “flag carrier” or not, one thing is certain: the airline now flies to many more transatlantic destinations than any of its U.S. competitors.

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