United Airlines drops all Australian flights except Sydney-San Fran

United will halt all flights to Australia across March and April, except for Sydney-San Francisco.

By David Flynn, March 22 2020
United Airlines drops all Australian flights except Sydney-San Fran

United Airlines has reversed its overnight decision to cancel all flights between Australia and US as part of its sweeping international draw-down, with a spokeswoman for the airline advising Executive Traveller that flights between Sydney and San Francisco (UA870/UA863) will continue through April and May.

PREVIOUS [March 21, 2020] United Airlines will cease flying to Australia this week, with the closure of routes to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston until at least May 3, 2020.

The Star Alliance member previously announced plans to pause its Sydney-Los Angeles, Melbourne-Los Angeles and Sydney-Houston flights as of March 23, while keeping San Francisco on the map.

However, the airline says that its Sydney-San Francisco and Melbourne-San Francisco flights are also being put on hold.

"United will reduce its remaining trans-Pacific operation starting March 22, with final eastbound departures on March 25, with the exception of service between San Francisco and Tahiti and San Francisco and Sydney which will have final returns to San Francisco on March 28," United said in a statement issues to the media.

The move is part of an 95%  decrease in international flights intended "to aggressively manage the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on our employees, our customers and our business," the airline says, "due to a continued drop in travel demand as a result of this outbreak and government mandates or restrictions in place prohibiting travel."

United has also closed all five of its flagship Polaris business class lounges at its Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Newark hubs.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

01 Apr 2020

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Does anyone know for sure that United Ua870 / UA863 are currently still operational?

I had booked Qantas QF15 just a week ago through an agency, now notified that Qantas is suspending international at least through July. Anyone?

03 May 2020

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United are still flying Syd San Fran & Syd LAX at the moment they committed to end of May was my understanding .

23 May 2020

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United still shows this flight for June on their website. Is there any update if they will actually continue flying this route.

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