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United takes off with new nonstop flights from Houston to island paradise

United takes off with new nonstop flights from Houston to paradise

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Houstonians can now travel nonstop to hot spots like Turks and Caicos.  The Palms Turks & Caicos/Facebook

Houstonians who’re dreaming of a spring or summer island getaway are in luck. United Airlines has just announced to non-stop flights from George Bush Intercontinental Airport to the exotic Turks & Caicos and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Locals can travel directly to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, starting May 4, according to a release. On June 8, a new direct flight will jet locals to sunny Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.

A basic economy nonstop flight from Houston to St. Thomas departs IAH at 9:55 am and arrives at STT at 3:40 pm. A basic economy nonstop flight from Houston to Providenciales departs IAH at 9:35 am and land in PLS at 2:25 pm — a drastically faster trip than traditional multi-stops.

The Houston to island routes are just part of United's massive, multi-city expansion of nonstop service across the U.S. Along with Houston’s new flights, Austin and San Antonio also received nonstop service to Cancun.

"Today we are offering our customers more destinations than ever before, both here in the United States and overseas," said Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of International Network, in a release.

As of press time, fares for United's newest Houston nonstop were priced at $492 and up for a week-long vacation.