United Airlines has outlined plans to build its US summer network, adding over 480 daily flights to its June schedules.
The carrier says June will see it operate its biggest schedule since the onset of Covid-19, equating to 67 per cent of domestic schedules and 60 per cent of its overall schedules (compared to June 2019).
United will resume flights to 16 routes including Chicago-Fairbanks, and service from Chicago, Houston, New York Newark and San Francisco to Anchorage.
There will also be nine new routes, including a daily service from Denver to West Yellowstone, the closest airport to Yellowstone National Park, and two new direct flights to Hawaii (Chicago-Kona and Newark-Maui).
In total the carrier will offer over 3,100 daily domestic flights to over 240 US destinations from June.
United said that the increase in services was part of an “ongoing strategy to capitalize on the pent-up customer demand for leisure travel with friends and family”.
“As leisure travel continues to return this summer, we are adding more flights to our June schedule to national parks, Alaska, Hawaii, Florida and other popular destinations,” said Ankit Gupta, vice president of domestic planning and scheduling at United.
“June is historically the beginning of the peak summer travel season and ramping up to over 3,500 total daily flights across the system this June underscores the continued demand for leisure travel and our responsiveness to meeting that demand.”
Earlier this month United announced plans to launch seasonal routes to Croatia, Greece and Iceland this summer, as demand increases for services to “countries that are starting to reopen to vaccinated visitors”.