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United is adding a Denver-Munich flight. Will the airline’s Tokyo route from the Mile High City ever resume?

Lufthansa, which like United is a Star Alliance airline, already operates flights from Denver to Munich and Frankfurt

A United Airlines 787 at Denver International Airport. (Photo provided by United Airlines)
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United Airlines is expanding its transatlantic service out of Denver International Airport by launching a daily, year-round flight to Munich starting in April.

A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will carry passengers on the route.

United already offers flights from Denver to Frankfurt, and its pandemic-paused service to London-Heathrow is scheduled to resume March 4.


Lufthansa, which like United is a Star Alliance airline, already operates flights from Denver to Munich and Frankfurt. The German cities offer connections to destinations across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. 

“United’s continued investment in more international flights from Denver is encouraging,” said Phil Washington, the new CEO of Denver International Airport. “This new service to Munich provides more options for those traveling to Europe and also for connecting passengers.”

British Airways, meanwhile, also operates a flight from Denver to London.

Before the pandemic, Denver International Airport experienced a boom in international offerings. Many of those routes — including service to Zurich on Edelweiss and to Paris on Norwegian — were suspended or pared back because of COVID-19. 

Now, with international travel opening back up, some of the suspended flights are returning — and the list of routes is even expanding.

Air France, for instance, began operating a flight from Denver to Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport in July. 

One flight that has not resumed since the pandemic put it on hold is United’s service from Denver to Tokyo, which began in 2013. But the airline says the route isn’t going away.

“We do expect to resume from Denver to Tokyo Narita,” said Russell Carlton, a spokesman for United, “and United is continuing to monitor demand to determine the appropriate date for service to commence.”

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