United touches down in DFW with nonstop flight for college game day
In celebration of the upcoming college football season, United Airlines is touching down with nine special nonstop flights this fall — and DFW scored one of them. The airline announced its "nonstop to game day" special, which includes one-time routes connecting major college football hubs.
From August 30-September 2, United will fly a special nonstop route from Eugene, Oregon, to DFW, in honor of the Auburn University vs. University of Oregon game, which Arlington's AT&T Stadium is hosting on August 31.
The flight departs from Eugene Airport on August 30 at 9:30 am, landing at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at 3:15 pm. The return flight departs DFW at noon on September 2, landing at EUG at 2:25 pm.
"Our playbook this year will make it easier than ever for fans, alumni, and students to cheer on their teams in other college towns across the country," says Ankit Gupta, United's vice president of domestic network planning, in a release. "It's exciting for football fans and even more exciting for United to be able to operate nonstop flights between these communities for the very first time."
Texas is actually landing three of the nine college game day flights. In addition to the Tigers-Ducks matchup, United is rolling out brand-new nonstop flights for the University of Texas at Austin-Louisiana State University game in Austin and the University of Alabama-Texas A&M University showdown in College Station.
The UT vs. Louisiana State game takes place September 7, with United's special nonstop flying from Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport between September 6-8. That flight takes off from BTR at 12:30 pm on September 6, landing at AUS at 2:10 pm. The return flight departs Austin on September 8 at 11:35 am and lands in Baton Rouge at 1:10 pm.
And fans can Roll Tide Roll into College Station on October 12 as Alabama takes on Texas A&M for what will surely be a can't-miss game. United's special flight takes off from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on October 11 at 1:30 pm, landing in Easterwood Airport at 3:30 pm. The return flight departs CLL on October 13 at 10:30 am, landing at BHM at 12:30 pm.
In addition to the three big games in Texas, United is rolling out special nonstop flights for University of Alabama at University of South Carolina on September 21; University of Notre Dame at University of Georgia on September 28; University of Southern California at University of Notre Dame, also on October 12; University of Wisconsin at Ohio State University on October 26; and University of Notre Dame at Duke University on November 9.