Now that I am moving over to United Airlines from American Airlines, it is good to know where the key United Airlines hubs are for routing flights in and out of cities.
United Airlines Hubs in the United States
The combined United Airlines/Continental currently has seven airport hubs in the United States. For many years, O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, was the airline’s largest airport hub. With the recent United-Continental merger, though, the Continental hub of George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, has become the company’s largest airport hub (though most of those flights fly under the Continental logo). Still, O’Hare remains a busy airport for United, reaching dozens of destinations in North America, Europe and Asia. Other domestic hubs for United Airlines are Denver International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Washington Dulles International Airport.
Continental Airlines Hubs in the United States
Continental Airlines currently has three airport hubs in the United States: New York/Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, Houston/George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, with smaller operations in Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland, Ohio. Newark offers non-stop flights to dozens of regional destinations, as well as International flights to Europe, Israel, India, South America and East Asia. Cleveland offers flights to dozens of locations in Central and South America, as well as non-stops to Shanghai and Frankfurt. Houston, the largest United/Continental Hub in terms of volume, offers international flights to South America, Kuwait, Bahrain, Nigeria and China.
International United Continental Hubs
While United Continental features service to dozens of International locations, the company only has two true airport hubs outside of the United States. United Airlines features an airport hub at Tokyo Narita Airport in Tokyo, Japan. United offers non-stop flights from Tokyo to such locations as Seattle, Chicago, Honolulu, Hong Kong and Seoul, South Korea. Continental, on the other hand, has an airport hub at Guam International Airport. Guam’s central location in East Asia allow for non-stop flights to Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Micronesia, northern Australia and the United States.