United Airlines to Add 1,400 Flights During Thanksgiving

By Kurt Stolz on 9 November 2020
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United Airlines announced it will add 1,400 additional flights during the Thanksgiving holiday period this year, saying it expects the week of November 23 to be the busiest for the carrier since March based on current bookings.

The Chicago-based airline said it will closely monitor load factors in real time and upgauge aircraft when and wherever necessary.

In addition, the airline said it work to ensure that it provides a safe environment for travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We know that for many customers, this holiday season may be their first time back on a plane since the start of the pandemic, and we’re committed to helping provide flexibility and a safer, clean, travel experience,” said Ankit Gupta, the airline’s vice president for network planning.

The carrier reported that 50% of those passengers traveling during Thanksgiving booked their tickets within 30 days of the holiday, an increase of ten percentage points from last year, when 40% did so.  United said it expects to see a similar pattern in December for holiday travel.

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