• Joe Breitfeller

United Airlines to Strategically Add Limited Capacity to October 2020 Schedule

United Airlines announced on Friday that they will strategically bolster their October 2020 schedule, flying up to 40% of last year's schedule. In September, the carrier will offer approximately 34% of their full schedule.

United Airlines Boeing 787 (Previous Livery) - Courtesy Boeing

On Friday (September 4, 2020), United Airlines announced that they will strategically add capacity in October, increasing their schedule from 34 to 40 percent of their full schedule versus the same period last year. Domestically, the carrier will offer 46% of their schedule in October compared to 38% in September, when compared to 2019. United will also resume eight routes to Hawaii, pending approval of the state’s pre-arrival COVID-19 testing program. Internationally, the airline will fly 33% of their schedule in October versus October 2019, an increase from 29% in September. United Airlines continues to respond to leisure demand by adding service to popular destinations in Mexico, Central America and South America. In Friday’s announcement, United Airlines’ Vice President of Domestic Network Planning, Ankit Gupta, said,

“We continue to be data-driven and realistic in our approach to rebuilding our network. 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 where we’re seeing increased customer demand for travel.”

United Strategically Adds Capacity for October 2020 - Courtesy United Airlines

Earlier this week, United became the first U.S. legacy carrier to permanently eliminate change fees on all standard Economy and Premium cabin tickets for U.S. domestic travel. Additionally, from January 1st, 2021, United customers can fly standby for free on flights departing the day of their departure, regardless of ticket type or class of service. United has also implemented industry-leading health and safety protocols as part of their United CleanPlus program, established in cooperation with Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic in May 2020. The carrier was also a leader in implementing mandatory masks and the first carrier to rollout touchless baggage check-in. United also launched the ‘Destination Travel Guide’ this week, an online tool to help travelers plan their domestic trips by outlining COVID-19 restrictions in all 50 states.

Source: United Airlines

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