United Airlines will increase its flight offerings to Florida this winter, setting a historic record for the airline on flights to the Sunshine State.
The schedule will grow by nearly 20% compared to last winter, with more flights to sought-after sunny destinations such as Miami, Tampa, and Orlando. Additionally, the airline will operate larger planes with more seating capacity to accommodate the increased demand.
- Airline grows Florida schedule by nearly 20% compared to last winter, adding more seats and flying more planes to the most-searched Florida destinations.
- United also remains the nation’s largest carrier to ski destinations, with direct flights to nearly a dozen top winter sports hubs, including Jackson Hole, Vail, and Big Sky.
Larger Aircraft Meet Higher Demand for Sunny Florida
For the first time, United Airlines will operate larger planes and increase the number of flight seats between Key West International Airport and several United Hub airports, including Chicago O’Hare, Washington Dulles, Houston, and Newark/New York.
Based on United.com’s latest search and booking data, Miami and Orlando are among the top five most popular domestic travel destinations this winter. The other three destinations in the top five are Honolulu, Cancun, and Las Vegas. These rankings are based on searches and bookings between November 1 and March 31.
Due to increased demand for travel to Florida this winter compared to last year, United Airlines is using larger planes to provide customers with more flight options and flexibility. As part of their United Next strategy, passengers can now have a more customized travel experience, whether they prefer the elevated perks of United First® or the cost-effective fares of Basic Economy.
United will fly one of its newest planes – the Airbus 321neo – on select routes to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Fort Myers, FL, beginning in December, adding more seats to some of Florida’s most popular cities. The company recently announced the purchase of 60 additional Airbus 321neos, with deliveries beginning in 2028.
“We know that November is when most people start their winter travel planning, so we’re adding these flights to give customers more options than ever,” said Mark Weithofer, United’s Managing Director of Domestic Network Planning. “We’ve already begun to see record-breaking demand for winter travel, and whether customers are looking to unwind on the beach or hit the slopes, United is the clear choice for those planning their getaways.”
Tickets are now available for purchase on the United app or United.com.
United’s Largest Flights to Florida Expansion
United Airlines plans to increase its number of flights on key routes. Passengers can expect more flights between Chicago and Fort Myers, Denver and Fort Lauderdale, and Chicago and Miami. Additionally, United will be using the Boeing 777 aircraft for flights between Chicago and Orlando, offering more than double the seats compared to a narrowbody aircraft.
Exciting news for travelers heading to the southernmost point in Florida, as United Airlines will be flying Boeing 737-700 aircraft to Key West International Airport (EYW) for the first time, starting on November 28. Nonstop routes include Newark/New York, Washington Dulles, Houston, and Chicago O’Hare.
Northeastern Ohioans will also have more options for their Florida getaway this winter. United is expanding its daily service from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) to several Florida destinations.
- Increasing the frequency of flights from Cleveland from one flight per day to Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, and Orlando to two daily, nonstop flights.
- Reintroducing daily nonstop service to Tampa, operating on a Boeing 737-900ER.
U.S. Ski Destinations
If you prefer snowy mountains over sandy beaches, United Airlines is still the leading carrier of popular ski destinations. This winter, they will offer direct flights to 11 different winter sports hubs, including Jackson Hole, Vail, and Big Sky.
United Airlines’ convenient network allows travelers to connect to their favorite mountains and slopes easily.
United has exciting plans to expand its East Coast service in the upcoming winter season. Passengers can look forward to more nonstop flights from Newark/New York to popular ski destinations such as Jackson Hole, WY; Eagle/Vail, CO; Hayden/Steamboat, CO; Montrose/Telluride, CO; and Bozeman/Big Sky, MT. Additionally, United will increase the frequency of flights to Steamboat and Montrose/Telluride, bringing even more options for winter enthusiasts.
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