As demand for travel continues to build, United Airlines is expecting the resurgence to continue for winter holiday travel and is planning ahead by increasing service to cities in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. The airline will add nearly 150 flights to warm-weather destinations across the U.S and is increasing service to Latin beach and leisure markets by 30% compared to 2019. The airline will fly 137 more flights than it did in 2019 to places like Florida, California, Arizona, Georgia and Nevada starting this November through next March.
“Celebrating the holidays with family and loved ones in 2020 was a challenge, and we know our customers are already eager to plan winter vacations and gatherings in person this year to make up for time that they lost,” said Ankit Gupta, vice president of network planning at United. “As pandemic restrictions ease, people are becoming more confident in planning travel further in advance, so we want to make sure to offer our customers as much choice as possible.”
Costa Rica fully reopened its air borders to tourists last October. Currently, Belize requires either proof of immunization with a valid vaccination card or a negative COVID-19 test in hand or taken on arrival. Tourists do not need to quarantine on arrival. Read more about Belize’s entry requirements here.
United has prepared for the return of air travel for more than a year, matching its flying schedule and aircraft availability to demand by maintaining close coordination between its network planning teams and the airline’s operating groups. During this fourth of July travel period, United carried five times as many customers as it did over the same period in 2020 and in anticipation of that trend continuing throughout 2021, the airline is expanding its winter schedule.
Offering the most connectivity to the United States of America, United Airlines operates with five (5) non-stop routes to Belize. Travelers to Belize can benefit from three weekly flights departing from Denver (DEN) and Newark (EWR) as of June 2021. Chicago-based travelers can enjoy weekly ORD flights to Belize through September 2021. Last but not least, travelers departing Houston (HOU) can enjoy as much as 14 weekly flights in August. According to The Points Guy, United’s seasonal Winter schedule (November 2021 through April 2022) will include an increase in-flight service from:
Most of these additional flights will be operated with mainline aircraft featuring United FirstSM, Economy Plus® and standard Economy seat options and complimentary snacks and onboard Wi-Fi. And as customers continue to reunite with family and friends in warm international destinations this winter, United is increasing service to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America by 30% compared to 2019. This added service includes launching 12 new routes from Denver, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. to destinations including Belize City, Belize; Cozumel, Mexico; Liberia, Costa Rica and Nassau, Bahamas.