COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — United Airlines is helping the Colorado Springs Airport to rebound by adding more nonstop flights in 2021. Beginning in February, the airline will bring back daily flights to Los Angeles which had been suspended because of COVID-19.
In total, the airline will offer 11 daily flights to Denver, Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles.
While air travel has declined nationwide during the pandemic, Air Service Development Manager Joe Nevill said that the airlines are responding to a growing demand for flights in Colorado Springs.
"They are watching bookings very, very closely and they can adjust capacity close in," Nevill said. "But in general, they are seeing slow demand improvement year over year."
United will also be upgrading its local fleet by using the larger 70-seat Embraer E175 for the LAX flights. That aircraft will allow for three-tier seating options of Economy, Economy Plus, and First Class. The Bombardier CRJ200 jets currently in the fleet can hold a maximum of 50 passengers in a single-class configuration.
This announcement comes as Southwest Airlines plans to add daily direct flights from Colorado Springs to Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas, and Chicago.
Nevill believes these new additions will ultimately benefit consumers in Southern Colorado as the airlines lower fares to comparable levels to flights from Denver.