The fascinating expansion of United Airlines in Florida

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Airlines have significantly reduced capacity in recent months due to the pandemic. What is surprising is how the airlines are starting to add capacity. One would assume that airlines would start by adding return routes that were previously suspended, but that is not what happens – airlines are instead adding point-to-point routes that they had never operated before.United is the latest airline to add all the new routes, so let’s take a look at those.

Expansion de United Airlines en Floride

United Airlines has announced plans to add up to 28 daily nonstop flights this winter to four popular Florida destinations. As described, these new non-stop flights reflect United’s strategy to aggressively and opportunistically manage the impact of the coronavirus by increasing service to the destinations where customers want to fly the most.

These routes will be operated between November 6, 2020 and January 10, 2021, with service frequencies increasing the most around the holidays. These new flights can already be booked online.

As Ankit Gupta, vice president of home network planning at United, describes these additions:

“The addition of these new flights represents United’s biggest expansion in point-to-point, off-hub flights, and reflects our data-driven approach to adding capacity where customers tell us they want to go. . We look forward to offering customers in the Midwest and Northeast more options to fly nonstop to Florida this winter. “

Let’s take a look at the details of the new routes:

New routes to Fort Lauderdale (FLL)

United Airlines will operate up to:

  • 2x daily flights between Boston and Fort Lauderdale with 737-800
  • 2x daily flights between Cleveland and Fort Lauderdale with 737-800
  • 2x daily flights between New York LaGuardia and Fort Lauderdale with A320s

New routes to Fort Myers (RSW)

United Airlines will operate up to:

  • 2x daily flights between Boston and Fort Myers with A320s
  • 2x daily flights between Cleveland and Fort Myers with 737-800
  • 1x daily flights between Columbus and Fort Myers with Embraer 175s
  • 1x daily flights between Indianapolis and Fort Myers with A320s
  • 1x daily flights between Milwaukee and Fort Myers with A319s
  • 2x daily flights between New York LaGuardia and Fort Myers with 737-800
  • 1x daily flights between Pittsburgh and Fort Myers with Embraer 175s

United Airlines adds seven new routes to Fort Myers

New routes to Orlando (MCO)

United Airlines will operate up to:

  • 2x daily flights between Boston and Orlando with 737-800 and A320
  • 2x daily flights between Cleveland and Orlando with 737-800
  • 2x daily flights between New York LaGuardia and Orlando with A320s

New routes to Tampa (TPA)

United Airlines will operate to:

  • 2x daily flights between Boston and Tampa with 737-800
  • 1x daily flights between Cleveland and Tampa with 737-800
  • 1x daily flights between Milwaukee and Tampa with 737-800
  • 2x daily flights between New York LaGuardia and Tampa with A319s


United Airlines adds four new routes to Tampa

Talk about a new era of route planning …

The past few months have truly transformed the airline industry in many ways. Airlines have turned their approach to route planning upside down, and it’s fascinating to see.

This certainly seems to be the right approach for airlines, as they increasingly focus on point-to-point routes, rather than building hubs when demand is limited.

If you had told me last year that United would be operating an Indianapolis-Fort Myers flight with a mainline, I wouldn’t have believed you.

I don’t know which part of this extension is the most interesting:

At the end of the line

The old airline route planning manual has slipped out of the window as airlines are now apparently adding services in any market they see demand coming back to, regardless of how it fits into the network. global.

We’ll have to see how the coronavirus evolves state by state, but with international travel restrictions, it makes sense that Americans are increasingly looking to visit Florida this winter.

Still, seeing United add service from Boston to Florida, as well as seven non-hub flights to Fort Myers is something I never thought I’d see.

But 2020 is full of surprises, so …

What do you think of United Airlines’ expansion in Florida?



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