United adds nearly 200 flights for political conferences

United today added nearly 200 new flights to make it even easier for convention attendees and political enthusiasts to travel to this summer’s national political conventions. United will increase flights to Milwaukee by more than 75% for the Republican National Convention in July and will fly the largest schedule from Chicago O’Hare since 2019 for the Democratic National Convention in August, including a 40% increase in flying between Chicago O’Hare and Washington Reagan.

In total, the airline will add 72 flights to and from Milwaukee in July and 118 flights to and from Chicago in August.

“These conventions are steeped in tradition and have now evolved into a weeklong celebration of our political process,” said Patrick Quayle, United’s Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances. “We are proud to offer even more opportunities for people to visit two great cities, participate in these historic events and make their voices heard.”

Schedule of the Republican National Convention

United is flying a 75% larger Milwaukee schedule for the Republican National Convention, allowing nearly 5,000 more people to attend the historic event. In total, United will operate more than 280 flights to and from Milwaukee during the week of the convention, including:

  • A new, direct flight between Milwaukee and Washington Reagan Airport.
  • 72 additional flights from United’s hubs in Chicago O’Hare, New York/Newark, Denver, Washington Dulles and Houston.
  • 20 round trips with larger aircraft.

Schedule of the Democratic National Convention

United will fly its largest Chicago O’Hare schedule since 2019 for the Democratic National Convention, with more than 530 flights per day on peak days. The schedule includes:

  • 38 additional flights between Chicago O’Hare and Washington Reagan. All flights between the airports on busy conference days will take place on a Boeing 737 MAX 8, with United’s signature interior.
  • More than 80 additional flights between Chicago O’Hare and cities including Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Portland, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose and Seattle.