United Airlines is adding nonstop service between Chicago and Tel Aviv.
Despite low air travel demand, the aviation industry is continuing to recover with airlines adding dozens of new routes. Most of these new routes have been short-haul or domestic flights, but we’re finally seeing more long-haul routes.
Beginning this September, United Airlines will launch nonstop passenger service between Chicago O’Hare and Tel Aviv. The route will be operated 3x weekly on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
This will be United’s fourth route into Tel Aviv:
- Newark (launched August 1999)
- San Francisco (launched April 2016)
- Washington-Dulles (launched May 2019)
- Chicago (launching September 2020)
This month, United plans to continue operating its passenger Newark to Tel Aviv route and resume nonstop San Francisco to Tel Aviv this Wednesday. Additionally, Washington-Dulles to Tel Aviv will resume in October.
This Chicago to Tel Aviv route currently has zero direct competition. EL AL was supposed to inaugurate this route in March 2020, but wasn’t able to due to plummeting air travel demand.
United is likely taking advantage of EL AL’s suspension and siphoning off of whatever passenger demand’s left over and the crucial cargo/medical supplies.
Overall, great to see the aviation industry recovering, and another long-haul route added despite the world’s situation.