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United touches down in Texas with nonstop flights for college game days

United touches down in Texas with new flights for college game days

United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner, September 2017
United is launching special game day flights this college football season. Courtesy photo

In celebration of the upcoming college football season, United Airlines is touching down with nine special nonstop flights this fall. Texas scores three of them, including one nearby in College Station. The airline announced its "nonstop to game day" special, which includes one-time routes connecting major college football hubs.

From October 11-13, United will fly a special nonstop route from Birmingham, Alabama, to College Station, in honor of the can't-miss Texas A&M University vs. University of Alabama game, which A&M is hosting on October 12.

The flight departs 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 at 10:30 am on October 13, landing at BHM at 12:30 pm.

In addition to the Aggies-Crimson Tide matchup, United is rolling out brand-new nonstop flights for the Auburn University-University of Oregon game, taking place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and the University of Texas at Austin-Louisiana State University game in Austin.

The Auburn vs. Oregon game takes place August 31, with United's special nonstop flying from Eugene Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport between August 30-September 2. That flight takes off from EUG at 9:30 am on August 30, landing at DFW at 3:15 pm. Return flight leaves Dallas on September 2 at noon and lands in Eugene at 2:25 pm.

And the UT vs. LSU 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.

"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."

In addition to the three big games in Texas, United has 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.