(08 Oct 2021)
United Airlines will fly its biggest domestic schedule
since the start of the pandemic to meet the expected surge in
holiday travel, with an emphasis on connecting the Midwest to warm
weather cities like Las Vegas and Orlando, as well as offering
nearly 70 daily flights to ski destinations, including new service
between Orange County and Aspen.
According to United, holiday travel flight
searches on the airline’s app and website are up 16%, compared
The airline expects the busiest travel days for the
Thanksgiving holiday will be Wednesday, 24 November and Sunday,
28 November, while popular days for winter holiday travel are
expected to be Thursday, 23 December and Sunday, 2 January.
The airline plans to offer more than 3,500 daily
domestic flights in December, representing 91% of its domestic
capacity compared to 2019.
“We’re seeing a lot of pent-up demand in our data
and are offering a December schedule that centers on the two
things people want most for the holidays: warm sunshine and fresh
snow,” said Ankit Gupta, vice president of network planning and
scheduling at United. “We know families and friends are eager to
reunite this holiday season, which is why we’re thrilled to add
new flights that will help them connect and celebrate together.”
In December, United will begin new direct flights
to Las Vegas and Phoenix from Cleveland, and to Orlando from
The carrier will also resume eight popular direct
flights from Midwest cities, including routes to Fort Lauderdale,
Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa, offering the most mainline
departures the airline has flown from Cleveland since 2014
including direct service to Nassau and Cancun.
The airline will offer
up to 195 daily flights to 12 destinations in Florida this winter,
the most flights to the Sunshine State in company history.
is also resuming direct flights from Columbus, Indianapolis,
Milwaukee and Pittsburgh to Fort Myers – which were some of the
airline’s most popular point-to-point flights last winter.
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