United Airlines is adding eight new routes and increasing flights to 19 destinations across the Caribbean and Central America this winter. The airline specifically goes after leisure travelers looking for a sunny flight with new non-stop flights.
Eight new routes
United Airlines is adding eight new nonstop routes starting in December:
- Los Angeles (LAX) to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) [Saturday-only service starting on December 19th, daily from January 5th]
- LAX in San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP) [three-times weekly service from December 17th]
- Denver (DEN) to Belize City, Belize (BZE)
- DEN in SJO
- Washington-Dulles (IAD) to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ)
- Cleveland (CLE) at Cancun (CUN)
From January, United are adding two new non-stop routes from Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) to LAX and San Francisco (SFO). The service from SFO is only Saturday and will start on January 9. From Los Angeles, flights will run three times a week from January 8.
Patrick Quayle, Vice President of United Network and United Alliances, stated the following in a statement:
“The eight new routes demonstrate the continued expansion of our network and build on our strong presence in Latin America. Our new and increased service offers travelers many opportunities to find hot spots. warm up and visit friends and family during the winter. “
This news comes as the airline adds increased services to 40 new beach routes this year, looking to resume transcontinental flights from New York-JFK soon, and adding seven more new route away from India, Hawaii, and Africa.
Adding services to new destinations in Mexico
In addition to the non-stop flights to Cleveland and Cancun, United adds round-the-clock services to Mexico. From Houston, it is the resumption of services in Mazatlán (MZT) from December 19. The remaining increases are in existing services.
From Chicago (ORD), United is adding services to Cozumel (CZM), San Jose del Cabo (SJD), and Puerto Vallarta (PVR). Outside of Denver International Airport (DEN), United adds frequencies to CUN, CZM, SJD, and PVR.
From Houston (IAH), United are adding new flights to Acapulco (ACA), CUN, CZM, SJD, PVR, and Zihuatanejo (ZIH).
From Los Angeles, more and more services are coming to CUN, SJD, and PVR. Both routes will also see increased services outside of Newark (EWR).
In addition, from both San Francisco and Washington-Dulles, United are adding flights to Cancun.
More flights to the Caribbean and Central American
From December 17, United will begin their aforementioned route to Santo Domingo. It will offer ten non-stop destinations in the Caribbean, including Punta Cana, Grand Cayman, Nassau, Montego Bay, Aruba, Turks and Caicos, and San Juan. There is also a service at St. Thomas and St. Maarten outside Washington-Dulles. The company will also fly to San Jose, Costa Rica, and Cancun, Mexico, from IAD. San Salvador (SAL) flights will run twice per day.
Outside of Denver, in addition to United’s Belize and Costa Rica flights, Denver will continue to see service in Liberia, Costa Rica, and Nassau, Bahamas.
Outside Los Angeles, United are increasing its flights to Guatemala City (GUA) up to ten times per week. In SAL, carrier flights increased to eleven weekly flights.
Houston, Chicago, and Denver are United’s leading acting hubs. These airports traditionally attract a higher proportion of domestic passengers going from the East Coast, Midwest, and Southeast to Mountain West and West Coast and vice versa.
Coastal hubs in Newark, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington-Dulles have their advantages, but those hubs are best connected to passengers on long-haul international flights. However, Dulles is also a great gateway to the Caribbean. With most United passengers coming from domestic cities across America, these are great hubs to try out new routes.
Right now, with so many idle aircraft and a desperate need for passengers – most of them traveling for leisure – United Airlines is trying to get as many passengers as possible, which translates to large share of income as possible. It is also a time when the operator can take some risks without passing the potential for extra income elsewhere, given the significant repressed need for travel.
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