New nonstop service from DC to Greece begins July 1

As countries are starting to reopen to vaccinated visitors, United has announced the addition of new flights to its international network, including new nonstop service from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Greece’s Athens International Airport (ATH).

United will expand its service to ATH with daily flights from IAD beginning July 1 and operating through October 3.  This new route marks the first time daily nonstop flights have been available between DC and Athens. The schedule is timed for connections in IAD to over 95 cities in North America and will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with all-aisle-access Polaris business and United Premium Plus seats. This builds on United’s existing daily summer service to Athens from Newark Liberty International Airport, which resumes on June 3.

United is also adding new direct flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to Dubrovnik, Croatia, and from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Reykjavik, Iceland, all subject to government approval.

“As countries around the world begin the process of reopening, leisure travelers are eager to take a long-awaited getaway to new international destinations,” said Patrick Quayle, vice president of international network and alliances. “These three new routes unlock the natural beauty of the outdoors for our guests. They are also the latest example of how United is remaining nimble in rebuilding our network.”

The new nonstop route to Greece is just the latest adjustment United is making to its international schedule at IAD in response to increased passenger demand. Earlier this year, United announced the addition of new flights to Africa from IAD, with service three times weekly to Accra, Ghana beginning May 14 and three times weekly service to Lagos, Nigeria set to begin later this year.

To assist travelers with their international travel, United’s Travel-Ready Center enables customers to upload their COVID-19 testing and vaccine documentation, and have it certified ahead of check-in so customers can get their boarding pass before getting to the airport. United is the only airline that does this seamlessly in the airline’s mobile app.

It is important to note that vaccinated travelers may still be subject to local country restrictions related to quarantines, testing, curfews and other requirements. Passengers are encouraged to check with there destination or use United’s Destination Travel Guide for specific details.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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