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United Airlines to expand service at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to meet expected surge in holiday travel

United will soon be offering the most departures the airline has flown from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport since 2014.

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More flights are on their way to and from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport as United Airlines announced on Thursday it will be flying its biggest domestic schedule since the start of the pandemic, and that includes new nonstop destinations from Cleveland.

Among the new direct flights United will be offering from CLE include trips to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, and Tampa. This now means United will be operating the most flights in Cleveland since 2014.

This uptick in flights is due to an expected surge in holiday travel this year, as United is planning on offering 91% of its domestic capacity compared to the 2019 holiday season. According to the airline, holiday travel flight searches are up 16% on both its website and mobile app when compared to the same time in 2019.

“We’re seeing a lot of pent-up demand in our data and are offering a December schedule that centers on the two things people want most for the holidays: warm sunshine and fresh snow,” said Ankit Gupta, vice president of network planning and scheduling at United. “We know families and friends are eager to reunite this holiday season, which is why we’re thrilled to add new flights that will help them connect and celebrate together.”

United says that its going to fly 3,500 daily domestic flights in the month of December.

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