United Launches Routes to Halifax and Vancouver

This spring, United Airlines will resume service on two Canadian routes, both of which haven’t been offered for the past few years.

As of May 2024, the airline will begin service between Newark (EWR) and Halifax (YHZ), as well as between Vancouver (YVR) and Washington Dulles (IAD), providing new flight options for both the East and West Coasts of Canada.

United’s Newark–Halifax Route

United Airlines has announced that it will resume its Newark–Halifax route, which was last operated in March 2020.

The twice-daily seasonal service will begin on May 23, 2024, and will run until October 26, 2024.

The scheduled flying time from Halifax to Newark runs around two and a half hours, while the flights from Newark to Halifax clock in at around two hours.

The flights times are as follows:

  • UA3631 Halifax (YHZ) to Newark (EWR), departing at 6am and arriving at 7:21am
  • UA3518 Newark (EWR) to Halifax (YHZ), departing at 11:07am and arriving at 2:06pm
  • UA3467 Halifax (YHZ) to Newark (EWR), departing at 3:02pm and arriving at 4:29pm
  • UA3559 Newark (EWR) to Halifax (YHZ), departing at 8:19pm and arriving at 11:30pm

Both routes are served by the Embraer E175 aircraft, with two classes of service available. Passengers travelling in the economy cabin also have the choice of Economy Plus seats.

United will fly the Embraer E175 to Halifax

The flights are now loaded into United’s booking channels, and can be booked throughout the scheduled season.

United’s Washington Dulles–Vancouver Route

United Airlines has also announced the resumption of its Washington Dulles–Vancouver route, which was last operated in Summer 2019.

The daily seasonal service will begin on May 2, 2024, and will run until September 25, 2024.

Eastbound from Vancouver to Washington Dulles, the flight is slated to run 5 hours 40 minutes, while the westbound flight from Washington Dulles to Vancouver clocks in at just over five hours.

The flight times for the route are as follows:

  • UA400 Washington Dulles (IAD) to Vancouver (YVR), departing at 8:26am and arriving at 11:06am
  • UA1606 Vancouver (YVR) to Washington Dulles (IAD), departing at 10:35pm and arriving at 6:41am (the following day)

This route is served by the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, with two classes of service. Passengers travelling in economy can also choose Economy Plus seating.

Passengers can choose Economy Plus seats on the Vancouver–Washington Dulles route

The flights are now loaded into United’s booking channels, and can be booked throughout the schedule.

More Access to Major US Airports

United’s resumed Canadian routes are set to provide additional connections for both the East and West Coasts of Canada to United and Star Alliance partner flights out of major US hubs.

The Newark–Halifax route will give Haligonians a second non-stop option for flying to Newark, as Air Canada also provides direct flights on this route, It will also support more diversity in choice for journeys onward to other destinations.

The Halifax airport also has similar routes with American Airlines and Delta both offering direct service to New York City’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA).

This route will also become another option to make a positioning flight to the New York area for the purposes of catching an onward flight with Star Alliance, Oneworld, or SkyTeam airlines.

Newark is a major United hub airport

For Vancouverites, the new route to Washington Dulles provides another non-stop option with the chance to connect further, and it joins Air Canada’s direct service on the same route.

With many Star Alliance airlines operating out of Newark and Washington Dulles, the new routes add to Air Canada’s similar offerings, providing another way to connect to partnered airlines and their global network of routes.

Where these new routes appear to offer something of note is in their ability to connect travellers from Halifax and Vancouver with United‘s considerable network in the US and Mexico, providing seamless journeys to smaller, regional airports, as well as to Europe and the Caribbean.

One final thing to keep in mind with United’s new routes is their preferred partnership with Marriott Bonvoy.

If you’re a Marriott Ambassador Elite or Titanium Elite member, you can enjoy complimentary United MileagePlus Premier Silver status and a handful of other perks and benefits on flights with United, including eligibility for upgrades, complimentary Economy Plus seats at check-in, and one free checked bag.


United Airlines has announced the resumption of two routes between Halifax (YHZ) and Newark (EWR), as well as Vancouver (YVR) and Washington Dulles (IAD), which are slated to begin service in May 2024.

The new routes connect Canadians on both coasts with hub airports that are well-serviced by United and other Star Alliance airlines, and they improve travellers’ access to United’s considerable network of regional airports in the US, Mexico, and beyond.

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