United Airlines, which already offers the most nonstop flights out of both Newark Liberty International Airport and the Washington D.C. area, will add daily trans-Atlantic summer-season service next year to three new destinations. United will fly between:
• New York/Newark and Athens, Greece, from May 25 through Oct. 5, 2016
• Washington/Dulles and Barcelona, Spain, from May 25 through Sept. 6, 2016
• Washington/Dulles and Lisbon, Portugal, May 25 through Sept. 6, 2016
"United continues to add routes where our customers want to travel, when they want to travel," Brian Znotins, United's vice president of network, said in a statement. "These new flights during Europe's peak-summer travel season will provide additional access to Athens, Barcelona and Lisbon from hundreds of points we serve throughout North America, Latin America and the Caribbean."
United's daily nonstop service between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Athens (ATH) will operate using Boeing 767-300 aircraft, leaving 5:40 p.m. and arriving in Greece at 10:30 a.m. the next day. The return flight will leave Athens at 12:30 p.m. and arrive back in the states at 4:30 p.m. the same day.
The nonstop flights between Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Barcelona (BCN) will operate daily with Boeing 767-400 aircraft. Flight times for the Barcelona service will be 8 hours 10 minutes eastbound and 9 hours 15 minutes westbound.
United has served Spain for more than 20 years, and this new service complements the airline's existing year-round flights to both Barcelona and Madrid from New York/Newark.
The airline will use Boeing 757-200 aircraft for flights between Washington/Dulles and Lisbon (LIS). Flights will leave D.C. at 5:55 p.m. and arrive in Portugal at 6:20 p.m. the next day. The return trip is scheduled to leave Lisbon at 10:50 a.m. and arriving 2:10 p.m. the same day.