Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY
United Airlines is adding 10 new routes from five of its hub airports, including flights to two cities it does not currently serve: Elmira, N.Y., and Wilmington, N.C.
The new service comes as United looks to solidify its network by increasing connecting opportunities at its hub airports.
As part of that, United said it is adjusting the times of its arriving and departing “banks” of flights at Chicago O’Hare. United, which has already implemented a similar change at its Houston hub, said the change will both shorten customers’ connection times and increase the number of connecting flights in its schedule.
As for the new service, three of United's new routes will come from O'Hare. Twice-daily flights to Wilmington and El Paso begin April 9 while a seasonal once-daily route to Fresno begins June 7.
United is adding four routes from its hub in Los Angeles. Two of those will be year-round, with twice-daily service to the Oregon cities of Medford and Redmond starting April 9. To the Montana cities of Kalispell and Missoula, a seasonal schedule featuring one daily round-trip flight begins June 7.
Elsewhere, United will add two daily round-trip flights between Newark Liberty and Elmira; two daily round-trip flights between Washington Dulles and Wilmington; and one daily round-trip flight between Denver and Jacksonville, Fla. All of those routes launch April 9.
"We continue to focus on making United the first choice for customers when planning their domestic and international travel," Grant Whitney, United's VP of Domestic Network Planning, said in a statement. "Our new daily services connect customers to important business markets and our new seasonal summer routes provide more customers with convenient access to enjoy our National Parks."