United Airlines is adding up to 28 non-stop US daily flights to Florida starting Nov. 6 after Chicago-based airline bets on a return of leisure travelers heading for the sunny sky.
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Direct flights are from non-merged cities to Boston, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New York / LaGuardia, Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio to four destinations in Florida.
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United said it is part of “its ongoing strategy to manage aggressively, and with COVID-19 impact management capabilities by increasing service to destinations where customers want me to fly.” But the carrier said it could reduce the number of flights if COVID-19 infections in Florida remain high.
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New flights to Florida will go to Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa.
Ankit Gupta, United Home Network’s vice president of planning, said the new flights represent “United’s largest point-to-point, non-hub flight expansion and reflect our data-driven approach to capacity building, where customers are telling us they want to go. “
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United can adjust up or down. Gupta said increased flights to Florida could reach more than 400,000 extra seats this winter season. He said many American travelers are choosing Florida instead of international destinations.
There are modest signs of improving demand for air travel. The Transportation Safety Administration said it screened 831,789 people on Sunday – the first time it displayed more than 800,000 people since March 17th. This is still down 70% compared to last year’s figures.
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However, Florida has reported 542,792 cases of coronavirus, second in every U.S. state after California alone, according to a Reuters report, and more than 10% of all reported cases in the U.S. If coronavirus cases in Florida remain high, “we will adjust our plans,” Gupta said.
Southwest Airlines chief executive Gary Kelly said at a Tribune forum in Texas on Wednesday the airline is still trying to figure out how many flights it has to offer while working to reduce its $ 20 million-a-day losses. “It’s a pure assumption at this point,” Kelly said.
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