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United Airlines meets "record-breaking demand for winter travel" with increased domestic connectivity
United Airlines has announced plans to meet the "record-breaking demand for winter travel" with an expansion of its domestic connectivity this winter. The Chicago-based carrier will focus on Florida and ski destinations, offering new routes and increased flights to cater to travelers seeking both sun and snow.
New Mainline Service to Key West, Florida
For those chasing the sun this winter, United Airlines will introduce its first-ever mainline service to Key West, Florida, starting on Nov. 28. This historic move will see the airline fly the Boeing 737-700 to Key West International Airport (EYW) for the first time, offering nonstop routes from Newark, Washington Dulles, Houston, and Chicago.
Expanded Service on Key Routes
In addition to the new Key West service, United Airlines will increase the number of flights on several key routes. This includes more flights from Chicago to Fort Myers, Florida; Denver to Fort Lauderdale; and Chicago to Miami. The airline will also deploy the Boeing 777 from Chicago to Orlando, providing more than double the number of seats for those planning a visit to "the happiest place on earth."
Cleveland Gets Daily Nonstop Service
United Airlines is bringing back daily nonstop service this winter from Cleveland, which lost a United hub in 2014. Travelers in Cleveland can enjoy flights to Tampa, as well as a second daily flight to Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, and Orlando.
Expanded Flights to Ski Destinations
For those looking to trade the sun for the snow, United Airlines is expanding its flights this winter to several ski destinations. This includes new routes from Newark to Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Vail, Steamboat Springs, and Montrose/Telluride in Colorado; and Bozeman, Montana. Details on these new routes have not yet been provided.
Florida Capacity Increased by 20%
United Airlines is set to grow its Florida capacity by 20%, offering the most flights to the Sunshine State than ever before. This expansion comes in response to new search and booking data from United's website, which reveals that Miami and Orlando are two of the top five most-searched domestic travel destinations this winter. The other top-searched and booked spots include Honolulu, Cancun, and Las Vegas.
Commitment to Airbus A321neo
United Airlines has reaffirmed its commitment to flying its brand-new Airbus A321neo to Florida this winter. The airline plans to deploy the A321neo on select routes to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Fort Myers, starting in December. The first A321neo flights are scheduled for Dec. 14.
"We know that November is when most people start their winter travel planning, so we're adding these flights to give customers more options than ever. We've already begun to see record-breaking demand for winter travel, and whether customers are looking to unwind on the beach or hit the slopes, United is the clear choice for those planning their getaways," said Mark Weithofer, United's managing director of domestic network planning, in a statement.