United Airlines to Cut December Schedule by 52%, Add Flights on Peak Travel Days During the Holidays

By Anna Breuer on 9 November 2020
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United Airlines said it would operate 48% of its December schedule, as compared to the same period in 2019.

The airline will add more than 140 daily flights and increase capacity on over 350 routes, it said.

“While this holiday travel season looks quite different than recent years, we’re continuing to follow the same playbook we have all year long – watching the data and adding more flights, adjusting schedules and leveraging larger aircraft to give customers more ways to reunite with family or reach their destinations,” said Ankit Gupta, the airline’s vice president for network planning.

The Chicago-based carrier will operate 52% of its domestic schedule, a three-percentage point increase compared to November 2020.  It plans to add additional flights on peak travel days close to Christmas from its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, and Washington, D.C.  It also plans to add more flights to warm weather and ski destinations including Florida, Hawaii, and Steamboat Springs, and will add service linking Los Angeles and Hilo, Chicago and Maui, and New York and Honolulu.

United will operate 43% of its international schedule in December, a four percentage point increase compared to November 2020. It will add 40 additional daily non-stop international flights, launch 36 new and returning destinations, increase service to 84 destinations in Latin America, and add non-stop service from Chicago to Delhi.

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