United Airlines (NASDAQ: UAL) announced Monday that it will be adding flights to Iceland, Croatia and Greece to its routes during the summer. The airline is hopeful that reduced entry requirements will incentivize tourist demand.
The additional flights follow a 61% increase in searches on United.com for flights to Croatia, Greece and Iceland.
“As countries around the world begin the process of reopening, leisure travelers are eager to take a long-awaited getaway to new international destinations. These three new routes unlock the natural beauty of the outdoors for our guests. They are also the latest example of how United is remaining nimble in rebuilding our network,” said Patrick Quayle, vice president of international network and alliances.
United is set to begin nonstop service from the U.S. to Croatia on July 8 through October 3 as well as flights from Newark, NJ to Iceland starting July 3 to October 29. Last month Iceland announced it would be welcoming tourists with no quarantine restrictions, as long as they had evidence of a Covid-19 vaccine. Furthermore, Greece revealed its borders would open in mid-May to vaccinated tourists or to individuals with recent negative Covid results, according to Reuters.
The airline’s May international flights will make up 40% of its total capacity, still under 2019’s 45% capacity. Nevertheless, domestic demand has managed to climb close to its pre-pandemic status.
“I’m most optimistic about the U.K. and the U.S. creating an air bridge between the two countries,” Quayle said.