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United Airlines (UAL) to Add Flights to Las Vegas for CES 2022

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United Airlines (UAL - Free Report) plans to add 44 flights to Las Vegas for the CES 2022 event on seeing an uptick in flight searches for the major tech conference on its website. The carrier said that, between Oct 27 and Nov 9, it witnessed a 70% rise in flight searches to Las Vegas during CES 2022 compared with the previous two-week period. UAL also added that a recent survey showed that 20% of the airline’s business customers expect traveling for meetings and conferences to exceed pre-pandemic levels in 2022.

Business travel showing signs of recovery is a major positive for United Airlines, which, akin to other U.S. airlines, has been seeing significant lag in business travel demand despite leisure travel demand steadily improving from the coronavirus-induced slump.

To cater to the anticipated increase in business travel demand for the CES 2022 event, United Airlines will add 14 new direct flights in early January 2022, connecting Las Vegas with San Jose, CA; Boston, MA; Fort Lauderdale, FL and Orlando, FL. The carrier will also add 30 flights from its hubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York/Newark and Washington D.C./Dulles. With this, the Chicago, IL-based airline’s January capacity to Las Vegas will increase by 37% from the usual schedule. This expansion is equivalent to about 80% of the capacity UAL added for CES 2020.

For the peak arrival days of Jan 3-Jan 4, United Airlines, carrying a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), will operate 81 flights to Las Vegas, while on the peak departure days of Jan 8-Jan 10, it will operate 109 flights. The new flights to Las Vegas include eight direct flights from San Jose, six direct flights from Fort Lauderdale, Boston and Orlando, two additional flights from New York/Newark and five additional flights from Washington D.C./Dulles.

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