Dhaka: United Airlines announced on June 26 that it will resume services to China with twice-weekly flights between San Francisco and Shanghai's Pudong International Airport via Seoul's Incheon International Airport effective July 8.
United will fly from San Francisco to Shanghai on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Passengers travelling from Shanghai will return to San Francisco on Thursdays and Sundays.
The flights have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic since February.
United previously was the largest US airline serving China and operated five daily flights between Shanghai and its hubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York/Newark.
In July, United will also reinstate service between Chicago and Tokyo with the addition of new service to Tokyo's Haneda Airport, the airline said.
Additionally, United will resume service to Seoul; restart service to Hong Kong and will fly to Singapore via a stop at Hong Kong.
The resumption of flights will be particularly welcomed by the business travellers and separated families, among others, unable to move between the world’s top two economies during the pandemic.
United’s shares have lost more than 60 per cent of their value since the beginning of the year amid a collapse in global travel.
Earlier, Delta Air Lines also resumed flight services between Seattle and Shanghai-Pudong via Seoul-Incheon on June 25, operating twice per week.
From July and beyond, it will operate once-weekly flights from Seattle and Detroit, also via Incheon.
Delta is the first US airline to reconnect the US and China since the temporary suspension in February due to the outbreak of COVID-19.