MANILA, PHILIPPINES — On Tuesday, United Airlines planned their expansion on Asia flights in the upcoming months to take advantage of a spike in long-haul international travel, this includes Manila, Taipei, Taiwan and Tokyo.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, airlines lost profit due to quarantine and closed borders; however, with the situation improving, airlines can now profit once again.
The carrier operates Boeing 737 narrowbodies from Guam and Palau’s Koror Airai Airport to Manila.
The new route will open on October 29, and United will fly daily nonstop flights between San Francisco and Manila while using its largest aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER, for the travel route.
The carrier is also planning to have nonstop flights between San Francisco and Taipei, Taiwan, and resuming its plans to fly to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport from Los Angeles. United Airlines Senior Vice President Patrick Quayle said Tokyo flights were in high demand after their travel restrictions were lifted.
Quayle also stated, “For the first time ever, we’re going to have two daily flights from Tokyo to Los Angeles.”
United, located in Chicago, plans to make more adjustments to its Asia-Pacific network. As a supplement to its current Hong Kong-San Francisco route, it will begin offering daily, year-round service from Los Angeles to Hong Kong on October 28.
It has always been in United’s plan to offer daily service to Tokyo. Quayle states that Haneda offers good domestic connections while Narita is more favorable for connectivity into Southeast Asia.
United will operate a total of three daily flights from the two airports to Hong Kong during the winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
During the current season in the Northern Hemisphere, United stated that it operates a transatlantic schedule 32% larger than 2019. – WhatALife!/Zain