United adds some international flights for September, but remains cautious

A United Airlines plane sits on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport.

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United Airlines on Friday said it plans to add a small amount of flights in September, staying cautious as the coronavirus pandemic continues to depress travel demand.

The Chicago-based airline’s September capacity will be 37% of year-ago levels and a 4 percentage point increase from its August 2020 schedule.

United has been among the most conservative airlines when it comes to restoring flights. A spike in demand recovery stalled after coronavirus cases surged in the U.S. and states like New York and New Jersey issued quarantine orders for arriving travelers.

International capacity, which has been the hardest hit by broad travel restrictions around the world, will be 30% of United’s September 2019 schedule, through the airline is adding routes such as Chicago to Tel Aviv, Chicago to Hong Kong and Houston to Amsterdam, among others. Domestic flying will be 40% of its September 2019 schedule. 

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