United Airlines reveals largest-ever summer flying schedule for 2024

by James Wilkinson

United Airlines is building on its significant transatlantic network with the debut of its largest-ever summer schedule for 2024, which includes the first and only non-stop flight between Newark and Faro, Portugal and new flights to Reykjavik, Brussels, Rome and Malaga.

The carrier is also bringing back nine of its most popular seasonal routes to Portugal, Italy, France and Spain up to two months early to give customers more time and options to explore Europe.

United Airlines’ senior vice president of global network planning and alliances, Patrick Quayle, said the carrier flies to more transatlantic destinations than all other United States airlines and continues to be the only airline to directly connect the United States with Dubrovnik, Malaga, Mallorca and Tenerife.

“United has the most flights to the most destinations across the Atlantic and we’re now giving our customers even more flexibility and choice when planning their trips abroad,” he said.

“Whether customers are looking to travel during peak season or shoulder season, visit the most popular tourism destinations or discover a hidden gem, the scope and scale of our network makes United the easy choice for transatlantic travel.”


Quayle said tickets for United’s new summer 2024 flights are on sale now at the airline’s website and here are the key details.

New Service to Faro, Portugal

Beginning May 24, United will be the first and only airline to directly connect the United States and Faro, Portugal, with its new service from New York/Newark.

The new flight will make it easy for U.S. customers to visit Portugal’s Algarve region, home to some of the country’s most scenic beaches and striking historic sites.

The flight will operate four times a week on a Boeing 757-200 and United also has existing year-round service between New York/Newark-Lisbon, as well as seasonal service between Washington/Dulles-Lisbon, New York/Newark-Porto and New York/Newark-Ponta Delgada, Azores.

New Flights to Reykjavik, Rome, Brussels and Malaga

On May 23, United will resume seasonal flying between Reykjavik and New York/Newark for the first time since summer 2022 and the flight will operate daily on a Boeing 757-200.

Additionally, United will add flights to some of the most popular destinations in Europe, including a second daily frequency between New York/Newark-Brussels, starting March 30 on a Boeing 757-200, and a second daily frequency between Washington/Dulles-Rome, starting May 23 on a Boeing 767-300. United will also increase New York/Newark-Malaga to daily service on a Boeing 757-200 and will start on May 2.

Earlier Starts to Seasonal Service

While Quayle said transatlantic summer travel demand remains at an all-time high, United has increasingly seen customers seek out spring shoulder season getaways.

Last spring, United flew 33% more customers across the Atlantic than in 2022, and the airline anticipates the demand will only continue to grow in spring 2024.

To give customers more time and options to visit Europe, the airline is resuming several of its most popular routes early, including:
-Washington Dulles – Lisbon, Portugal – starting February 15
-Washington Dulles – Barcelona, Spain – starting February 15
-Washington Dulles – Rome, Italy – starting February 15
-New York/Newark – Nice, France – starting March 30
-Chicago/O’Hare – Rome, Italy – starting March 30
-Chicago O’Hare – Milan, Italy – starting March 30
-New York/Newark – Naples, Italy – starting April 5
-New York/Newark – Malaga – starting May 2
-San Francisco – Rome, Italy – starting May 2