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United Airlines to Operate Nearly 25,000 Flights in August

United Airlines plans to add more than 350 daily flights from its U.S. hubs in August, including doubling the number of flights from New York/Newark compared to July.

This increase includes more flights to mountain and national park destinations like Aspen, Colorado; Bangor, Maine; Bozeman, Montana; and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Internationally, United's August schedule will include a return to Tahiti and additional flights to Hawaii, the Caribbean and Mexico.

Across the Atlantic, United will add more flights and options to Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Munich, Paris and Zurich.

United Airlines Boeing 767 reg: N676UA. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

"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, United'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. And we're adding in flights to places we know customers want to travel to, like outdoor recreation destinations where social distancing is easier but doing so in a way that's flexible and allows us to adjust should that demand change."

Domestically, United plans to fly 48% of its 2019 schedule in August compared to 2019 levels, up from 30% in July. Highlights include:

Adding more than 600 daily flights to more than 200 airports across the United States, including the resumption of 50 routes from July to August.

Expanding flights at 147 airports across the United States.

Increasing connectivity in United's mid-continental hubs, including Chicago, Denver and Houston.

Doubling the number of flights from New York/Newark

Returning around 90 aircraft back into service, including adding more CRJ-550 service between New York/Newark and St. Louis; Indianapolis; Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati; Norfolk, Virginia; and Columbus, Ohio.

Increasing service between Hawaii and its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco

Resuming service to more Hawaiian destinations, including Lihue from San Francisco and Hilo from Los Angeles.

"United's international schedule continues to be guided by customer demand as we add back capacity in regions with relative strength," said Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of International Network and Alliances. "For August, we've seen increasing demand for leisure travel and have added options to places like Cancun and reinstated service to Tahiti. Additionally, we are further building out service to partner hubs like Frankfurt and Zurich, where customers can connect on to a wide array of destinations."

Atlantic

Internationally, United is scheduled to fly 25% of its schedule in August, up from 16% in July. Highlights include:

Resuming service between Chicago and Brussels and Frankfurt.

Resuming service between New York/Newark and Brussels, Munich and Zurich.

Resuming service between San Francisco and London.

Upon government approval, United will restart daily service between Delhi and San Francisco and New York/Newark.

Pacific

Across the Pacific in August, United is scheduled to restart a thrice weekly service connecting the mainland United States and Tahiti. Other highlights include:

Starting new service, five times weekly, between Chicago and Tokyo's Haneda Airport. United will continue operating daily service to Tokyo Narita from New York/Newark and San Francisco.

Resuming service between Hong Kong and San Francisco five days a week, with service continuing to Singapore.

Resuming service to Seoul, South Korea three days a week.

Resuming service to Shanghai from San Francisco two days a week.

Latin America/Caribbean

Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, United is expanding across each region with a total of 35 new routes for August. Highlights include:

Resuming service between Houston and Lima.

Resuming service between New York/Newark and Sao Paulo.

Resuming service between Mexico City and Chicago, New York/Newark and San Francisco.

Adding more ways to get to Cancun from Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York/Newark and San Francisco.

Resuming service to San Salvador and Guatemala City from Houston, New York/Newark, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Increasing the number of flights between Houston and Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara and Leon in Mexico; Panama City, Panama.

Increasing the number of flights between New York/Newark and Punta Cana, Santiago and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

While travel demand remains a fraction of what it was at the end of 2019, United says customers are slowly returning to flying with a preference for leisure destinations, trips to reunite with friends and family, and getaways to places that encourage social distancing.

According to TSA, more than 600,000 passengers passed through airport security checkpoints on Monday, 29 June, the first time since 19 March that those numbers exceeded 25% of pre-COVID levels.

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