As holidays are approaching, Chicago-based United Airlines expects a rise in travel at the end of the year as more people are supposed to take off for holidays.
“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,” Ankit Gupta, vice president of network planning and scheduling at United, stated during a press release.
To satisfy the expected growing demand, United plans to take off 3500 flights daily in December- the airline’s most extensive schedule since the epidemic hit as United flew merely 649 daily flights in April 2020.
United will start new flights from Cleveland to Las Vegas and Phoenix and from Indianapolis to Orlando. Moreover, this winter, the USA’s major domestic airline plans set a record in the airline’s history by scheduling around 195 flights in a day to 12 termini in Florida. Also, there is a plan to schedule 66 daily flights to cover USA’s significant ski destinations.
United anticipates that Thanksgiving Day (Wednesday, November 24) would be the busiest concerning travel. Also, December 23 and January 2 are expected to be the most popular day for winter traveling.
As per experts, it is time to book flights for those who wish to fly for vacations.
During an interview Adit Damodaran, an economist at Hopper, said, “We expect that prices will remain relatively low until about Halloween, so that’s kind of the day where if you know you get to Halloween, that’s when you should book if you haven’t booked yet”.
Further, he added to his statement, “Because after Halloween, we’re expecting prices for Thanksgiving to start rising about 40% for domestic and international flights for Christmas”.
Hopper says travelers should anticipate a 40% jump in domestic flight fare as Thanksgiving week approaches and an extra 25% for last-minute bookings.