United to launch Washington DC-Edinburgh route

United Airlines has announced a new daily summer seasonal route between Edinburgh and Washington Dulles for 2018.

The first flight will depart Washington on May 23, with the route operating until the last flight from Edinburgh on October 4.

It's the first time the US and Scottish capitals have been linked with direct, nonstop services.

Flight UA146 will leave Washington at 2210, landing into Edinburgh at 1025 the following day, with the return leg UA147 departing the Scottish capital at 1240, landing back into Washington at 1540.

The new service will add to the carrier's existing summer seasonal flights between Edinburgh and Chicago, and the year-round route between the Scottish capital and New York Newark.

However a report by The Scotsman suggests that United will halve its currently twice-daily service between Edinburgh and New York Newark to daily "at the same time" of the launch of the new Edinburgh-Washington route.

However the carrier will drop flights between New York and Birmingham in October, as well as its Shannon-New York service from November, and New York-Glasgow for the winter from October 29.


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