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United Airlines Plans 25,000 Flights Next Month

While travel demand remains depressed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of airline passengers nationwide has increased in recent weeks.  In response, United Airlines has announced it will schedule almost 25,000 flights during the month of August.  This is three times the number of flights the airline flew in June.

“We’re taking the same data-driven, realistic approach to growing our schedule as we did in drawing it down at the start of the pandemic,” said Ankit Gupta, United’s vice president of domestic network planning in a press release the airline issued Wednesday morning.

Richmond International Airport and Roanoke-Blacksburg Airport report that passenger traffic improved significantly in May over what they experienced in April, but the volume was down just over 90 percent when compared to May 2019. 

About 600,000 passengers passed through TSA security checkpoints Monday.  This is well below the nearly 3 million passengers per day before the pandemic.