United Airlines on Wednesday announced that it will launch additional flights to four Florida cities from some major gateways starting this fall as the carrier continues to adjust its schedule in light of the impact of COVID-19.
United will launch service from Boston, Cleveland, and New York LaGuardia to Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Orlando, and Tampa on Nov. 6. It will then add more flights in December, from Columbus, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh to Ft. Myers and Tampa. All of the flights are now available to book.
According to United’s vice president of domestic network planning Ankit Gupta, the new service “represents United’s largest expansion of point-to-point, non-hub flying” and reflects what United’s customers are asking for.
“We look forward to offering customers in the Midwest and Northeast more options to fly nonstop to Florida this winter,” Gupta said.
United currently requires all customers over the age of two and all employees to wear a face covering, and will provide disposable face coverings for customers who need them.
Travelers are required to wear face coverings in the airport, gates and baggage claim areas, as well as throughout their flight, except when eating or drinking.
Passengers who refuse to comply with the carrier’s mask requirement “may be refused travel and banned from flying United as least while the mask requirement is in place.” Those who have “extraordinary circumstances” that warrant an exception, should contact United or speak to a representative at the airport.
“The most important thing any of us can do to slow the spread of coronavirus is to simply wear a mask when we’re around other people,” United CEO Scott Kirby said. “A mask is about protecting the safety of others, and I’m proud of the aggressive and proactive steps United has taken to ensure people are wearing a face covering in the airports where we operate and onboard the aircraft we fly.”