United Continental Holdings, Inc. is planning to launch service in 2011 on a variety of new nonstop routes from its two subsidiary carriers’ hub cities as it begins to optimize the combined route networks of United Airlines and Continental Airlines.
The company says that, even with the new route additions (which will be operated by a mix of mainline and regional aircraft), United and Continental will remain within previously announced capacity guidance.
“One of the key benefits of our merger is the ability to create a network that gives our customers more flight options,” says Greg Hart, United’s senior vice president network. “Numerous communities will gain service as we begin to capitalize on the opportunity to use our combined fleet more efficiently.”
Continental Airlines will add new flights between Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport and Bakersfield and Palm Springs, California; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Grand Junction, Colorado; Hobbs, New Mexico; Montreal; and Reno, Nevada. From Cleveland Hopkins International, Continental will begin flights to Cincinnati, Ohio; and from Newark Liberty International Airport, the carrier will begin service to Des Moines, Iowa.
United Airlines plans new service from Washington Dulles International Airport to Louisville, Kentucky; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Salt Lake City; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands (this last route is subject to government approval). United will also start new service from Denver International Airport to Amarillo, Dallas Love Field and Lubbock in Texas; from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas; and from San Francisco International Airport to New Orleans.