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United Airlines to add nonstop flights from Cleveland to four Florida cities in time for the holidays

From Nov. 6, 2020 through January 10, 2021, United will operate nonstop service from Cleveland to Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa.
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A United Airlines jetliner lifts off from Denver International Airport as travellers deal with the effects of the new coronavirus Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Denver. (AP)

CLEVELAND — If you are not a fan of cold weather in Cleveland during the late fall and early winter, this news might just warm your heart. 

United Airlines has announced that it is adding new daily nonstop flights this winter connecting customers in Cleveland to four popular Florida destinations.

From Nov. 6, 2020 through January 10, 2021, United will operate nonstop service from Cleveland to Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa on peak days. Tickets are now available for purchase on united.com and the United mobile app. 

In addition to Cleveland, customers in Boston and New York/LaGuardia will enjoy round trip flights to the four Florida cities starting in November. Then in December, United will add service to Fort Myers and Tampa from Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Columbus. 

"The addition of these new flights represents United's largest expansion of point-to-point, non-hub flying and reflects our data driven approach to add capacity where customers are telling us they want to go," said Ankit Gupta, United's vice president of Domestic Network Planning. "We look forward to offering customers in the Midwest and Northeast more options to fly nonstop to Florida this winter."

Until 2014, United had a hub at Cleveland Hopkins Airport with nearly 200 daily departures. In January, the airline announced it was discontinuing its nonstop flights from Hopkins to New York's LaGuardia Airport and Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C.

United Airlines revealed last month it could lay off as many as 36,000 workers nationwide, about 40% of its workforce. 

In Cleveland, the airline employs about 1,200 flight attendants, pilots, ground crew workers, mechanics, ticket agents. and others. Airport officials declined to discuss the potential impact on operations and flight options.