United Airlines is planning to boost its December schedule to 3,500 domestic flights a day, the most since the Covid-19 pandemic began, expecting a surge in holiday travel.
The Chicago-based airline’s schedule includes more capacity to ski and beach destinations, including as many as 195 daily flights to 12 Florida airports.
International travel remains hamstrung by ever-changing travel restrictions. The Biden administration, however, has said it plans to remove Covid-era rules barring many international visitors in early November, replacing them with vaccine and other requirements.
Airline executives have said carriers’ recovery is closely tied to a drop in case rates. United said in September that it reduced its third-quarter schedule following a surge in Covid cases and a decline in bookings in late summer.
The carrier says flight searches on its website and app for holiday travel are up 16% compared with 2019.