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United Airlines adds nearly 25,000 flights in August

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United Airlines today announced it is tripling the size of its August schedule compared to its June 2020 schedule, adding nearly 25,000 domestic and international flights compared to July 2020, and plans to fly 40% of its overall schedule in August, as compared to August 2019.
While travel demand remains a fraction of what it was at the end of 2019, 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.
The August flight schedule includes 10-weekly flights from Narita to Guam, daily flights from Honolulu,  and the resumption of the island hopper services through the Micronesian Islands with one flight planned in August, but no date has been set for that yet.
According to TSA, more than 600,000 passengers passed through airport security checkpoints on Monday, June 29, the first time since March 19 that those numbers exceeded 25% of pre-COVID levels.

United has overhauled its cleaning and safety procedures under United CleanPlus and is giving customers more flexibility when booking by extending its waiver of change fees and award redeposit fees for reservations through July 31.

United 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, ColoradoBangor, MaineBozeman, 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 BrusselsFrankfurtLondonMunichParis and Zurich.

“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.”

U.S. Domestic

Domestically, United plans to fly 48% of its 2019 schedule in August compared to 2019 levels, up from 30% in July. Travelers in search of more socially distant vacation options like beach, mountain and national park destinations will see more opportunities for leisure travel in United’s August schedule. 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 ChicagoDenver 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. LouisIndianapolisRichmond, VirginiaCincinnatiNorfolk, Virginia; and Columbus, Ohio.
  • Increasing service between Hawaii and its hubs in ChicagoDenverHoustonLos Angeles and San Francisco
  • Resuming service to more Hawaiian destinations, including Lihue from San Francisco and Hilo from Los Angeles.