Travelers were so eager to get out this year that airlines could scarcely keep up. They’re trying to get a jump on 2023 travel with new routes. Notably, Delta and United have announced new flights for next year. Some are restorations of routes that were cut when the pandemic set in, others have not flown in years, or ever.
“Next summer, Delta will give customers expanded access to popular destinations across the trans-Atlantic,” senior vice president of network planning Joe Esposito said. “With nearly 620 weekly flights and connectivity to 32 destinations in Europe and beyond, customers will have a wealth of iconic destinations to explore and an unmatched journey to enjoy across the pond.”
From New York’s JFK, Delta will offer daily nonstops to Geneva (a first since 1993) and London-Gatwick on April 10 and to Berlin on May 25, with a third daily seasonal flight to Rome also beginning May 25. From its flagship Atlanta hub, Delta will go to Stuttgart four times a week beginning March 26 and Dusseldorf three times a week starting May 9. Seasonal service to Edinburgh will operate five times weekly from May 25. It’s the first time Delta has operated the route since 2007. For West Coasters, Delta will resume daily service from LAX to Paris on May 8 and go daily from LAX to London-Heathrow beginning March 25.
Last week, United announced new transatlantic routes. "Next summer United is offering the best of both worlds: we're making it easier for our customers to visit the most popular cities in Europe, but we're also expanding our reach to give travelers access to new places they haven't yet experienced," Patrick Quayle, senior vice president of global network planning and alliances at United, said in a statement. "We expect another busy summer for international travel and are proud to build on our industry-leading global network to offer our customers the widest range of destinations and most convenient travel options."
From its Newark hub, United will fly daily to Dubai beginning March 25; to Malaga, Spain, three times a week starting May 31; and to Stockholm from May 27. Daily flights from San Francisco to Rome start May 25. On the same day, daily flights from Chicago-O’Hare to Barcelona and to Shannon, Ireland, begin. Washington-Dulles to Berlin daily flights also start May 25. United will add a second daily flight from LAX to London-Heathrow on March 25 and a second daily Dulles-Paris flight launching June 2.
United will keep nine routes it added last summer, including Newark to Nice, Denver and Munich; Boston to London-Heathrow; O'Hare to Zurich; and O'Hare to Milan, as well as flights to four destinations not served by any other North American airline: Amman, Jordan; Azores, Portugal; and Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife in Spain’s Balearic and Canary islands.