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New Route of the Day – Americas (11 February 2022): United between Newark and Wilmington, NC


United on Friday 11 February began 13-weekly service between New York EWR and Wilmington (IATA code ILM) in North Carolina. The service will be flown by 50-seat CRJ-550s which have 10 First-class seats, 20 seats in Economy Plus and 20 economy seats. The 785-kilometre service faces no direct competition. However, American offers 3-daily year-round service to New York LGA and Delta offers summer seasonal 2-daily service, also to La Guardia.

United also currently serves Wilmington from Washington IAD. However, this daily service is set to end on 3 March according to Cirium data, which will mean passengers wishing to connect from the capital to Wilmington will have to fly on American’s service to/from Washington DCA instead.

What they said

Gary Broughton, Interim Airport Director, Wilmington Airport, said: “Our community has long desired non-stop service to Newark for many years and we are thankful that United has chosen to provide this service. The New York area is a top market for ILM, inbound and outbound, and we look forward to seeing strong community support for this new route.”

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Ankit Gupta, Senior VP of Domestic Planning and United Express, added: “The economic vitality and growth of Wilmington, North Carolina is something that United is proud to support. These new routes will connect fliers from Wilmington to one of United’s busiest international hubs, making it easier not only to travel to more than 50 cities in the US, but also opening up access to exciting destinations in Europe, Africa and beyond.”


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