United Airlines ramps up domestic schedule to the most flights since the pandemic began, expecting a surge in holiday travel

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  • United Airlines says it will operate 3,500 domestic flights daily in December.
  • This capacity is 91% of the number of flights he flew in 2019.
  • The program continues to focus on outdoor destinations such as the beach and ski destinations.
  • International travel remains disrupted from flight destinations.

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United Airlines is planning to increase its December schedule to 3,500 domestic flights a day, the most in the US since the pandemic began, which is expected to increase holiday travel.

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The Chicago-based airline’s schedule includes more capacity for ski and beach destinations, including 195 daily flights to 12 Florida airports, the most flights ever. United first announced its expansion of Florida service last year, in a push for carriers to serve destinations that give passengers the ability to physically distance themselves during the pandemic and allow other cities on travel and other activities. Avoid limits.

International travel remains hampered by ever-changing travel restrictions. However, the Biden administration has said it plans to remove the Covid-era rules barring many international visitors in early November, replacing them with vaccines and other requirements.

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Airline officials say the carrier’s recovery is closely tied to a drop in case rates. United said in September that it would cut its third-quarter schedule after a surge in Covid cases and a drop in bookings in late summer.

United said flight searches for holiday travel on its website and app are up 16% compared to 2019.

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