United Airlines ramps up flights to Latin America & Caribbean
United Airlines is set to expand its service to the Caribbean with the resumption of flights to the region.
Come November, United says it will resume service to Antigua, Curacao, Nassau and St Lucia.
The routes are among the 26 new ones United is adding for November.
The airline plans to fly 44 per cent of its schedule in November compared to 2019, and a four-point increase compared to October 2020.
"For the month of November, we have adjusted our capacity to add flying for leisure travel to warm weather and beach destinations in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean, along with 'visiting friends and relatives' travel across the globe," said Patrick Quayle, United's vice president of International Network and Alliances.
Starting this December, United Airlines said that it will commence nonstop service between Los Angeles and San Jose, Costa Rica and San Pedro Sula, Honduras; between Denver and Belize City, Belize and San Jose, Costa Rica; between Washington D.C. and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and returning service between Cleveland and Cancun, Mexico.
Also, in January, the carrier will begin nonstop service between Liberia, Costa Rica and both Los Angeles and San Francisco, subject to government approval.
United is also adding more flights to some of Mexico’s most popular beach destinations including Cancun, San Jose del Cabo and Puerto Vallarta and is adding more weekend service to Cozumel from Chicago, Denver and Houston. It is also increasing its service between Washington and the Caribbean as well as connecting Denver to additional Latin American destinations.
“Our new and increased service offers travellers more opportunities to find warm-weather getaways and visit friends and family over the winter season.”
United has also said that since the start of the pandemic, it has been a leader in enacting new policies and innovations designed to keep employees and passengers safer when travelling.
It was the first US airline to mandate masks for flight attendants, quickly following with customers and employees and was also among the first US carriers to announce it will not permit customers who refuse to comply with the airline's mandatory mask policy to fly with them while the face mask policy is in place.
United was also the first US airline to roll out touchless check-in for customers with bags, and the first to require passengers to take an online health assessment before travelling.
The airline also recently announced it plans to apply Zoono Microbe Shield, an EPA-registered antimicrobial coating that forms a long-lasting bond with surfaces and inhibits the growth of microbes, to its entire mainline and express fleet before the end of the year.
Airlines have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, United reported a $1.8 billion net loss on revenue decline of 78% for the third quarter. However, the carrier’s average daily cash burn reduced to $25 million in 3Q down from $40 million in 2Q.