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United Airlines adds 3 brand-new Transcontinental routes

As noted by The Points Guy, United Airlines is adding 3 brand-new Transcontinental routes boosting its presence in both, California and Florida.

Fort Myers is getting 2 new routes to California

Fort Myers is getting 2 new routes to California by United Airlines. Starting 31st October 2021 and running through 5th May 2022, United Airlines will fly daily between Fort Myers’ Southwest Florida International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport & San Francisco International Airport. Both the routes will be operated by a Boeing B737 featuring 16 first-class seats and 150 standard economy class seats.

The flight schedule for Los Angeles-Fort Myers-Los Angeles route is:

  • Los Angeles-Fort Myers
  • Departure time: 10:15
  • Arrival time: 18:15
  • Flight time: 5 hours
  • Flight number: UA1806
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Fort Myers-Los Angeles
  • Departure time: 19:15
  • Arrival time: 21:30
  • Flight time: 5 hours and 15 minutes
  • Flight number: UA1775
  • Frequency: Daily

The flight schedule for San Francisco-Fort Myers-San Francisco route is:

  • San Francisco-Fort Myers
  • Departure time: 10:47
  • Arrival time: 19:17
  • Flight time: 5 hours and 30 minutes
  • Flight number: UA1056
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Fort Myers-San Francisco
  • Departure time: 19:00
  • Arrival time: 21:50
  • Flight time: 5 hours and 50 minutes
  • Flight number: UA1875
  • Frequency: Daily

Flights from Tampa, Florida

As of 31st October 2021, the Chicago-based carrier will fly daily between Los Angeles International Airport and Tampa International Airport using a Airbus A320 featuring 12 first class seats and 138 standard economy class seats. The schedule for this flight is:

  • Los Angeles-Tampa
  • Departure time: 22:35
  • Arrival time: 06:35 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 5 hours
  • Flight number: UA2018
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Tampa-Los Angeles
  • Departure time: 07:00
  • Arrival time: 09:15
  • Flight time: 5 hours and 15 minutes
  • Flight number: UA1789
  • Frequency: Daily

The carrier is also increasing flights on existing San Francisco-Tampa route. On 16th December 2021, United will add a 2nd daily seasonal flight between San Francisco International Airport and Tampa. The schedule for the newly added flight is:

  • San Francisco-Tampa
  • Departure time: 22:30
  • Arrival time: 06:25 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 4 hours and 55 minutes
  • Flight number: UA1956
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Tampa-San Francisco
  • Departure time: 19:03
  • Arrival time: 21:40
  • Flight time: 5 hours and 37 minutes
  • Flight number: UA1233
  • Frequency: Daily

The schedule of the existing flight on San Francisco-Tampa-San Francisco flight is:

  • San Francisco-Tampa
  • Departure time: 10:54
  • Arrival time: 18:59
  • Flight time: 5 hours and 05 minutes
  • Flight number: UA2670
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Tampa-San Francisco
  • Departure time: 07:22
  • Arrival time: 09:50
  • Flight time: 5 hours and 28 minutes
  • Flight number: UA1513
  • Frequency: Daily

A United spokesperson, in a statement to The Points Guy, said:

As California’s global airline, United looks forward to offering customers on the west coast more direct service to Florida destinations including Tampa and Fort Myers beginning this fall and winter. Florida continues to be a popular destination for our customers, a trend we expect to continue into the winter months.

While United will enjoy a monopoly on the Fort Myers to San Francisco route, the others will face fierce competition from other United States-based airlines. As for the Fort Myers-Los Angeles route, the airline will go head-to-head with Alaska Airlines. For Tampa-Los Angeles route, the carrier will face off against American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines.

United is now the only airline boosting flights to Florida. Last week, American Airlines announced three new routes to Tampa, including flights from Nashville, Los Angeles and Raleigh-Durham. Additionally, Breeze Airways, America’s newest start-up airline, launched in late May with 39 routes, ten of which are from the carrier’s Tampa base.

Meanwhile, United recently signed a agreement to buy aircrafts from Boom Supersonic hoping to bring back supersonic travel.

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