United Airlines is adding 28 more daily non-stop US flights to Florida starting November 6 when the Chicago-based airline is betting on recreational traveler recovery to sunny skies .
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Direct flights from non-United hub cities in Boston, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New York / LaGuardia, Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio to four Florida destinations.
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United said it is part of “a strategy to continue to actively and manage COVID-19’s impact opportunities by increasing service to the destinations customers want to fly most.” But the airline said it could reduce the number of flights if COVID-19 infection in Florida remains high.
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Florida’s new flights will be to Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa.
Ankit Gupta, United’s vice president of domestic network planning, said the new flights represent “United’s biggest expansion in point-to-point, non-hub flight and reflect approach. Follow our data-driven space to increase the capacity where customers tell us they want to go. “
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United can adjust up or down. Gupta said additional Florida flights could amount to more than 400,000 additional seats this winter. He said many American tourists are choosing Florida over international destinations.
There are modest signs of improving air travel demand. The Traffic Security Administration said it screened 831,789 people on Sunday – the agency screened more than 800,000 people for the first time since March 17. That number is still down 70% from its figure. last year.
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However, Florida did report 542,792 coronavirus infections, the second most of any US state, behind only California, according to Reuters statistics, and more than 10% of all reported cases in the United States. . If coronavirus infections in Florida remain high, “we’ll adjust our plan,” Gupta said.
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said at a Texas Tribune forum on Wednesday the airline is still trying to figure out how many flights it has to offer to reduce losses by $ 20 million per day. “It’s pure conjecture at this point,” Kelly said.
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