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Florida tourism could see boom from United Airlines

Florida Tourism
Posted at 10:25 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 22:25:21-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida has one of the highest rates of coronavirus in the world, once again reaching a record number of deaths on Tuesday, but United Airlines says that’s where customers want to go this winter, so on Wednesday, the airline said it would add more than two-dozen daily nonstop flights from northern cities to Florida.

United Airlines announced plans to add up to 28 daily nonstop flights this winter connecting customers in Boston, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New York/LaGuardia, Pittsburgh, and Columbus, Ohio to four popular Florida destinations beginning November 6..

In December, the airline will increase service to Florida with additional flights from Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh to Fort Myers and Tampa. Tickets are now available for purchase on united.com and the United mobile app.

"The addition of these new flights represents United's largest expansion of point-to-point, non-hub flying, and reflects our data-driven approach to add capacity where customers are telling us they want to go," said Ankit Gupta, United's vice president of Domestic Network Planning. "We look forward to offering customers in the Midwest and Northeast more options to fly nonstop to Florida this winter."

Airlines have been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, with much of the population quarantining and canceling travel plans.

According to the United Nations, the virus cost the global tourism industry $320 billion in just five months.