United boosts domestic schedule to meet surge in holiday travel

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United Airlines plans to boost its domestic schedule by adding more than 3,500 flights in December 2021. The move comes as the airline prepares to meet a surge in demand for air travel during the holiday season. This is the airline’s largest domestic schedule since the start of the pandemic. 

According to United Airlines, holiday travel flight searches on the airline’s website and app are up 16%, compared to 2019. 

United expects the busiest travel days to start from November 24, and last until November 28, 2021. Meanwhile, popular days for winter travel are expected to start from December 23, 2021, and last until January 2, 2022. 

United will offer flights “connecting the Midwest to warm weather cities like Las Vegas and Orlando” as well as offering nearly 70 daily flights to ski destinations”.

“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 Airlines.


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