Did you think I was referring to Aberdeen, the oil capital?
Maybe from Houston.
Having temporarily suspended routes between the United States and Scotland during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, United was the first U.S. carrier to resume flights between the two places back in March 2022, from NY/Newark EWR to Edinburgh EDI. Resumptions of flights from Chicago ORD and Washington IAD took place in May of that same year.
Given the strong historical connections between the United States and Scotland, as well as the robust tourism market in the latter, United will once again be increasing flights to Edinburgh, the Scottish capital and second-largest city.
From 28 May of this year, United will be adding a second-daily flight from its New York City-area hub of Newark. (link in Spanish) This brings the total number of daily trips between the United States and Edinburgh to four– that’s two from EWR, one from Chicago O’Hare, and one from Washington Dulles.
However, New York City is considered the most likely U.S. destination for travelers originating in Scotland, with nearly 198K visitors coming to the Big Apple in 2019. Even though these are pre-pandemic numbers, with Transatlantic travel booming, adding a second daily flight from Newark means United is fortifying its pugilistic stance, with Delta @ JFK in the other corner of the ring.
For info about the new add:
UA161 ¦ EWR 23:50 EDI 11:30 (+1 day)
UA162 ¦ EDI 13:30 EWR 16:10
United will be using 169-seat Boeing 757-200 for this seasonal route, which is planned to last until 29 September.
Have you ever visited Edinburgh?