United pumps up its summer flight schedule

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United 777 in Hong Kong [Credit: Chintung Lee/Shutterstock.com]
United Airlines will bump its July domestic schedule by more than 400 daily flights compared with June, bringing the carrier to 80% of its 2019 July domestic schedule. Photo Credit: Chintung Lee/Shutterstock.com

With bookings for summer travel more than double the dismal summer of 2020, United Airlines will bump its July domestic schedule by more than 400 daily flights compared with June, bringing the carrier to 80% of its 2019 July domestic schedule.

The increase will represent a 17% jump for United between June and July. In particular, the carrier said it will be fine-tuning operations at its Chicago O'Hare and Washington Dulles hubs to increase efficiency for connecting flyers.

For June, United plans to fly 67% of its 2019 domestic capacity. Even with the increase in July, the carrier is likely to have a more conservative schedule than large competitors. Next month, Southwest plans to fly 96% of its pre-pandemic capacity, while American plans to fly 90% of its pre-pandemic seat capacity in the third quarter.

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