United adding Florida flights in new pandemic strategy

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Airlines searching for passengers and much-needed financial stability are switching things up during the coronavirus pandemic to offset the plunge in business travel.

The latest example: United Airlines is beefing up its service to and from Florida this winter with the launch of 13 new nonstop routes from cities it usually doesn’t serve nonstop.

The new cities: Boston; New York LaGuardia (United’s big East Coast hub is in Newark, New Jersey); Pittsburgh; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; and Milwaukee. Flights between Cleveland and four Florida cities are resuming, in some cases with additional flights.

The airline called the move its largest expansion of nonstop service outside of its hubs.

It will face competition from several airlines with a bigger presence in Florida.

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