United Airlines today announced it is launching new service from the airline’s hubs in Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles beginning December 17, while adding Duluth, Minnesota; Asheville, NC; and Midland/Odessa, Texas to the company’s global network.

United will offer twice-daily nonstop service between Chicago and Duluth; Chicago and Asheville; Denver and Midland/Odessa; and Los Angeles and El Paso, Texas. Once-daily service will link Denver with Louisville, Kentucky. The Chicago-Asheville, Chicago-Duluth, Denver-Midland/Odessa, and Denver-Louisville services will be the only nonstop flights in those markets.

All of the flights will be operated by United Express carrier SkyWest Airlines, using 50-seat CRJ-200 regional jets.

Service between Duluth and Chicago will offer travelers throughout eastern Minnesota more choice to dozens of cities throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. United offers more nonstop service to and from the Windy City than any other airline.

“Right now we are making a multi-million dollar investment in a new airport terminal in Duluth, because air service is vital to our regional economy,” says Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “United’s investment in Duluth is adding momentum to that effort, and these additional flights will give travelers more ways to come to the Twin Ports for business and tourism.”

Asheville service is timed to enable convenient connections in Chicago to and from the midwestern and western United States, Hawaii, western Canada, and Asia.

“This new non-stop flight to the Windy City is great news for western North Carolina,” said Lew Bleiweis, director of the Asheville Regional Airport. “Asheville Regional Airport is proud to provide a link to business and industry in the midwest, as well as welcome tourism from the third-largest city in the US via this new service.”

Separately, United started nonstop service September 2 between Chicago and El Paso; Huntsville, Alabama; and Little Rock, Arkansas. Previously announced nonstop service between Chicago and London, Ontario begins September 29.

United’s flights between Denver and Midland/Odessa and between Denver and Louisville further strengthen the airline’s network from the Mile High city, where United has been the largest carrier for more than 15 years. Midland/Odessa and Louisville flights are timed for convenient connections throughout the United States and Canada. With more than 400 daily flights between Denver and more than 115 cities, United connects the Colorado capital to more of the world than any other airline. United employs more than 4,500 Denver-based professionals.

“United is pleased to offer our customers additional flights to more of the places they want to go,” said Kevin Knight, senior vice president of planning. “Each of these new services is timed to offer travelers additional convenience, flexibility, and access to a global network spanning six continents.”