United Airlines to resume flights between San Francisco and Melbourne

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United Airlines announced Monday the return of its nonstop service between San Francisco and Melbourne, Australia, which will begin with three weekly flights next June.

The resumption of this route complements the airline’s existing service between Sydney and San Francisco and Los Angeles. United will now be the only U.S. airline offering nonstop flights from the U.S. to Melbourne.

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“The fact that we maintained daily passenger service to Australia during the low points of the pandemic – and that we were the only airline to do so – demonstrates our commitment to Australia,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s senior vice president of international networks and alliances. “We are delighted to resume our San Francisco to Melbourne service and see a bright future for United, for Melbourne and for U.S.-Australia travel.”

Since Australia announced in February that the country would open its borders to international travelers after being closed for nearly two years, there has been a noticeable growth in demand for travel from the United States.

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United has more capacity from the U.S. to Australia than any other U.S. carrier, and the resumption of San Francisco-Melbourne service will provide customers with even greater access to Australia ahead of the busy summer travel period. In addition, United’s recently announced commercial alliance with Virgin Australia will offer more connectivity to major Australian destinations with convenient one-stop flights.