United Airlines to Increase Domestic Flying in August by 48%

By Kurt Stolz on 1 July 2020
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A United retrojet in Chicago

United Airlines said it plans to operate 48% of its August domestic schedule compared to the same period in 2019, versus 30% in July.

The August 2020 schedule will be triple that of June.

All U.S. airlines severely curtained the number of flights they operated amidst the coronavirus pandemic, in some cases operating as little as 5% of their normal schedules.

The Chicago-based airline said it will add 600 daily non-stops and focus on beach, mountain, and national park destinations.

“We’re taking the same data-driven, realistic approach to growing our schedule as we did in drawing it down at the start of the pandemic,” said Ankit Gupta, the airline’s vice president of domestic network planning. “Demand is coming back slowly and we’re building in enough capacity to stay ahead of the number of people traveling.”

Meanwhile, United will operate 25% of its transatlantic flights compared to 2019 and a small percentage of its transpacific flights.  It also plans to restart over two dozen flights to Latin America.

The list of transatlantic flights includes Chicago to both Brussels and Frankfurt, New York to Brussels, Munich, and Zürich, and San Francisco to London.

Transpacific flights will include Chicago-Tokyo Haneda, San Francisco-Hong Kong, and San Francisco-Shanghai, as well as a return to Tahiti.

All in all, United will operate roughly 40% of its flying when compared to August 2019.

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