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United Reunites Houston and Managua Starting in January 2023

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It’s always nice to be reconnected to an off-the-beaten-track destination.

This time it comes in the form of a nonstop service from Houston (IAH) to the Nicaraguan capital of Managua (MGA). 

The route, which was suspended due to the pandemic, will restart on January 4, 2023. 

Here’s all the information about United’s new route to Central America.

United Reunites Houston and Nicaragua

From January 4, 2023, United will operate a nonstop daily service from Houston (IAH) — one of its most important hubs in the U.S. — to the Central American capital city of Managua (MGA) in Nicaragua.

The service will operate on a year-round basis with the following schedule:

  • Depart Houston (IAH) 9:47 a.m. — Arrive Managua (MGA) 1:08 p.m.
  • Depart Managua (MGA) 2:15 p.m. — Arrive Houston (IAH) 5:41 p.m.

The reconnection of the 2 cities will provide a host of new 1-stop travel possibilities and adventures via a layover for those living in Nicaragua and the U.S.

“We are happy to announce the restarting of our daily nonstop flights between Managua and Houston which will connect our customers with more than 220 destinations in the United States and with our global network of routes,” said Frederick Thome, Director Latin America Sales, Andean & Central America Region at United.

The flights will be operated by one of United’s fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft, some of which may be the MAX 8.

Map of the new United nonstop service from Houston (IAH) to Managua, Nicaragua (MGA). Image Credit: Great Circle Mapper

As is often the case on short, thin routes where 1 airline has a monopoly, some of the fares we’re seeing are rather high.

The cheapest economy return fare for the 3-hour flight is coming in at just under $600. Interestingly, you’ll only pay from around $440 more to upgrade yourself to United’s first class cabin as the cheapest ticket for seats at the front of the plane that we’re seeing starts at around $1,041.

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United will be the third U.S. airline to offer nonstop service to Managua from the U.S. as it joins American from Miami (MIA) and Spirit from Fort Lauderdale (FLL).

Final Thoughts

United is starting the new year off with a new country on its network.

The new nonstop service between Managua (MGA) and Houston (IAH) will provide exciting new travel opportunities for citizens in both Nicaragua and the U.S.

About Daniel Ross

Daniel has loved aviation and travel his entire life. He earned a Master of Science in Air Transport Management and has written about travel and aviation in publications like Simple Flying, The Points Guy, and more.


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