Our Ongoing Commitment to New York/New Jersey - United Hub

Our ongoing commitment to New York/New Jersey

By Matt Adams

For the last 90 years, we have proudly served the New York/Newark region with the most flights to the most destinations around the world. We have always had a strong presence in the area, and over the years we've demonstrated our commitment to this region through the transformation and development of our hub, Newark's Liberty International Airport, into a global gateway.

Expanding our network

Street view of Naples harbor

Over the past year, we've grown our route network by leaps and bounds, including new year-round service to Rome and Buenos Aires as well as new seasonal service to Naples, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic. Today, we operate over 400 daily flights out of Newark, including more than 30 daily flights to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America, and daily nonstop flights to four cities in Asia. But our New York story isn't only about strengthening our network — it's about connecting with our nearly 15 million customers and over 14,000 employees in the region.

Enhancing our hub

EWR Polaris Lounge

With more than $2 billion invested over the past few years, we partnered with concession management company OTG to turn Newark's Terminal C into a destination unto itself. Home to dozens of specialty dining options, you'll find some of the area's finest cuisine just steps away from your gate. We're also working with our partners to transform New York's LaGuardia Airport Terminal B into a cutting-edge facility with new dining concepts, unique retail shopping options and more. Recently, Terminal B's new parking lot opened with a new indoor pickup area to make ride-sharing and coordinating car service more convenient.

And while New York might be the city that never sleeps, we've taken the opposite approach for our business travelers thanks to our newly opened United Polaris® lounge at Newark Airport. Offering local touches in the design elements of the space and the food we serve, we want you to experience the best of the best. Whether you want to relax, catch up on work, freshen up or enjoy a meal pre-flight, the lounge offers it all; from rainfall shower suites to rest pods with daybeds. Last year, we also announced an enhanced premium transcontinental service that includes deluxe amenities, flat-bed seats and a culinary experience inspired by United Polaris onboard dining. Customers seated in United Economy Plus® will also enjoy a coastal-city-inspired menu from one the four cities served — Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

Grab-and-go food options at the Global Bazar

Investing in the New York/New Jersey area

We have been working closely with local institutions and building meaningful partnerships to ensure they can serve their critical missions. As part of this effort and a larger initiative, we announced a $2 million grant to be split between the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Urban League of Essex County and Year Up New York. We are partnering with these organizations to help support their local communities' dedication to vital workforce development initiatives.

New Yorkers are well-connected to the rest of the world and don't settle for second-best and neither do we; that's why we're on a mission to be the best airline in the region and your top choice when you fly. We fly places New Yorkers want to go, whether that means connecting them with clients and business partners across the globe, or uniting family and friends all over the world. Closer to more of Manhattan than JFK International Airport, we are well-positioned at Newark and at New York LaGuardia Airport to make that happen. Or as we like to say, "More flights from Newark, less traffic from New York."

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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