United Airlines plans to add about 25,000 flights in August, hoping to capitalize on the increase in air travel, especially to destinations ranging from Bozeman, Montana, to Bangor, Maine.
The Chicago carrier and its competitors are experiencing increased demand for travel due to the lows of the five decades reached in April when the Covid-19 pandemic began in the United States.
“Despite the fact that the demand for travel remains insignificant compared to what it was at the end of 2019, customers are gradually returning to flights, preferring places of rest, trips to reunite with friends and family, and fleeing to places that promote social distance” – said United. said in an announcement on Wednesday.
Even with an increase in the number of flights, United will use about half of its domestic capacity in August 2019 and a quarter of the international services it served last year. For comparison, this month the airline plans to operate about 30% of its domestic flights compared to the same month last year, and only 16% of international flights, the airline said.
The virus and the measures taken to stop its spread closed key tourist attractions and caused extraordinary orders, destructive air traffic. According to the latest federal data, the number of people passing through checkpoints at US airports in June was about one fifth of last year’s levels.
It was not immediately clear whether United intended to change its plans for additional transatlantic services, because the European Union continues to ban Americans from traveling in a pandemic.