United schedules 1,400 additional flights ahead of Thanksgiving: What to expect at IAH

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 1, 2020 file photo, United Airlines planes are parked at gates at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. A nonprofit software developer is testing a smartphone app and data framework that could make it easier for international airline passengers to securely show they've complied with COVID-19 testing requirements. It's an attempt to help get people back to flying after the pandemic sent global air travel down by 92%. The Switzerland-based Commons Project Foundation was conducting a test Wednesday, Oct 21 of its CommonPass digital health pass on United Airlines Flight 15 from London's Heathrow to Newark Liberty International Airport, using volunteers carrying the app on their smartphones. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, file) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

HOUSTON – In preparation for the holidays, United Airlines has expanded its schedule tremendously in order to meet travel demand.

United Airlines is adding more than 1,400 domestic flights during the week of November 23 as it expects to be its busiest since March as customers travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.

As the airline anticipates more last-minute reservations, it is monitoring bookings in real-time to swap in larger aircraft when needed to accomodate demand.

“We know that for many customers, this holiday season may be their first time back on a plane since the start of the pandemic, and we’re committed to helping provide flexibility and a safer, clean, travel experience,” said Ankit Gupta, United’s vice president of Network Planning and Scheduling.

The airline anticipates similar travel patterns around the December holidays, especially for warmer weather and ski and winter destinations.

For December, United is adding more than 140 daily flights and increasing capacity on more than 350 routes.

Some of the destinations customers can fly to from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), include:

Warmer Destinations

  • Acapulco, MX
  • Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Roatan, Honduras
  • Aurba
  • Grand Cayman
  • Honolulu, HI
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Key West, FL

Ski and Winter Destinations

  • Aspen, CO
  • Bozeman, MT
  • Eagle Vail, CO
  • Gunnison, CO
  • Hayden/Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Reno, NV
  • Jackson Hole, WY

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