After the recent merger of United Airlines and Continental Airlines, the newly-formed United Continental Holdings has announced ambitious plans to launch service on several new nonstop routes in 2011. The news flights would mark the beginning of the network optimization of the combined carrier after merger. Both the airlines would, however, continue to adhere to their respective previously announced capacity guidance even after new routes are added.
Greg Hart, United’s senior vice president network, said, “One of the key benefits of our merger is the ability to create a network that gives our customers more flight options,” and added “Numerous communities will gain service as we begin to capitalize on the opportunity to use our combined fleet more effectively.”
According to the official press release, Continental will add new flights between Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport and Bakersfield and Palm Springs, Calif.; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Grand Junction, Colo.; Hobbs, N.M.; Montreal; and Reno, Nev. from Cleveland Hopkins International. The airlines will also begin flights to Cincinnati, Ohio. The carrier will also begin service to Des Moines, Iowa from New York/Newark Liberty.
United will start new service from Denver International Airport to Amarillo, Dallas Love Field and Lubbock, Texas; from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas and from San Francisco International Airport to New Orleans. Besides, United is planning new service from Washington Dulles International Airport to Louisville, Ky.; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Salt Lake City; Tulsa, Okla. and Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. This is, however, subject to government approval.