United Airlines Is Bringing Back a Flight Route for the First Time Since 2011

With hundreds of daily flights all over the world, United Airlines certainly has no shortage of options. And the company just announced one more route in its effort to offer even more convenience to its customers.

United is offering a flight between Houston and Dayton

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United’s latest addition to its roster is between two well-known cities, and it comes as welcome news, especially to those living in the Midwest. On June 7, 2018, United began offering daily nonstop service between Houston, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. And the route hasn’t existed in years.

Prior to 2012, Continental Airlines offered this exact flight. But when the two airlines merged, service ended. Since then, people have been eagerly awaiting the return of the route. Due to a widespread shortage of aircrafts, though, it’s taken several years to make it happen.

The return of this flight, however, isn’t all that surprising. George Bush Intercontinental Airport is one of United’s hubs, so adding this nonstop flight seemed like a natural move. (If you’re curious, United’s other hubs include Chicago O’Hare, Denver, Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport in Guam, Los Angeles, Newark Liberty, San Francisco, Narita International Airport in Tokyo, and Washington Dulles.)

The flight between Houston and Dayton International Airport clocks in at about 2.5 hours, and it’s “one of eight airports to receive the nonstop flight recently, including the Akron/Canton airport,” Dayton Daily News reports.

The flight is already popular

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Of the new route, director of aviation for the city of Dayton and airport director Terry Slaybaugh said,

We are extremely excited about United’s decision to bring additional service to Dayton. Our passengers and business community will benefit from the convenience of this new nonstop flight to Houston. We are proud to be a part of United Airline’s plans to provide optimal service to its customers.

While Slaybaugh did not disclose exactly how many tickets have been sold on the flight so far, he did say “the first flight had over 70 percent load factor, which is very good for a first flight.” And clearly, there’s a need for this route; according to Slaybaugh, United will increase the size of a plane when passenger demand requires it. That said, the airline has already scheduled a larger aircraft — which could double the number of seats available — for July.

Another noteworthy detail is that, with the new flight, United customers will have even greater access to more destinations. In particular, United Airlines spokesman Jonathan Guerin said,

Customers are now able to make convenient connections to key destinations in the central and western United States via Houston. Additionally, our Houston hub is United’s gateway to Latin America and these new nonstop flights will connect to key business and leisure destinations such as Mexico City, Cancun, Los Cabos, Leon, and Puerto Vallarta.

United operates one flight a day between Houston and Dayton, but Slaybaugh suspects it could increase to two flights a day. The flight leaves DAY at 7:08 a.m. and arrives at IAH at 8:46 a.m., with the return flight leaving IAH at 7:53 p.m. and arriving at DAY at 11:29 p.m.

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