United Airlines announced that it is expanding its October schedule. The carrier increased flight capacity 6 percent higher than that of September. The new October lineup bettered October 2019 by 40 percent, according to the airline’s press release.
United Airlines and More Flights
United Airlines said that its schedule for domestic flights is 46 percent higher than the last year of the same period. This decision will resume operations in 50 routes in the country, including 37 routes from their Chicago, Denver, and Houston services.
Also, if ever approved, United Airlines could offer services for routes to Hawaii.
Meanwhile, international flights planned for October fare higher than 2019 by 33 percent. It is also 29 percent higher than the September schedule. International destinations include the following destinations: Bogota, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Peru; and Panama City, Panama.
For more information regarding the updated schedule, you can view it right here.
Updated October Schedule
According to the carrier’s Domestic Network Planning VP, Ankit Gupta, United continues to be “data-driven and realistic” when it comes to rebuilding their network.
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The airline company also intends to schedule flights for days popular among travelers who prefer long weekend trips.
Furthermore, Gupta said: “Because October is typically a slower month for leisure travel, we’re adjusting our schedules to reflect these seasonal changes in customer demand while resuming service or adding capacity on routes when we’re seeing increased customer demand for travel.”
United Amid the Health Crisis
The aviation industry suffered as the pandemic dragged down travel demand. Those severely hurt include United Airlines, which had to pull attempts to counter the toll of the health crisis on the carrier.
Just recently, United announced plans to furlough 16,000 jobs from its workforce by October. The decision comes as federal assistance to the beleaguered industry has expired.
The company told employees in a memo that the health crisis “has drawn us deeper and lasted longer than almost any expert predicted.” It further wrote that with the low travel demand, the airline could not “continue with staffing levels that significantly exceed the schedule we fly.”
It also permanently removed its change fees to convince more people to fly.