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United Airlines Says Spring Break International Demand Is High This Year

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Summary

  • United Airlines says Gen Z travelers are embracing international trips for spring break, with a 32% increase from 2019.
  • The carrier expects its busiest spring break ever, with over 21 million passengers in the coming weeks.
  • Other airlines and airports are also gearing up for the travel surge, with new routes and increased services.



Airlines often prepare well in advance for the busy spring break traveling period. New routes are offered, frequencies are tweaked, and carriers anticipate fuller planes. United, too, is gearing up for a busy spring travel season, expecting to fly more than 20 million people in less than a month. It also notes that international shores are more appealing among young travelers this year.


International travel picks

United Airlines says that over 30% of travelers aged 18-26 are choosing to fly internationally this year for their spring break vacation. Overseas travel took a massive hit during COVID, but with restrictions gone, this year’s demand is 32% more than that of 2019.

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United says that Tokyo once again features as one of the top 25 Gen Z spring break destinations for the first time since 2019, while London remains a favorite, seeing a steady increase in demand. In fact, almost the same number of Gen Z springbreakers are traveling to London this season as are traveling to Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

While Orlando, Cancun, and Las Vegas remain United’s top three most-booked spring break destinations this year as well, slightly more people are choosing to go to Cancun this year than in 2023.

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Expecting the busiest-ever spring break

United is upbeat about the overall demand for travel in the coming weeks. It expects this spring break to be the busiest ever on record and is gearing up to carry more than 21 million passengers between March 8 and April 21 – 10% more than in 2023.


A breakdown of these numbers reveals interesting trends. United will fly an average of 200,000 people daily during spring break, which is almost 15,000 more people per day than last year. It expects Friday, March 22, to be its busiest travel day, anticipating more than 500,000 passengers.

United Airlines Boeing 757-200
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The busiest week is expected to be March 25, with around 480,000 people taking United flights every day on average. The airline also has advice for those who still want to travel this week but want to avoid the crowds – it says they should try to fly on Tuesday and Wednesday, which, despite still being busy, will be a bit slower compared to other days.


Others are gearing up, too

Of course, United is not alone in preparing for a surge in travel later this month. All major carriers are expecting busy days ahead. For example, Spirit Airlines has four new routes from Tampa, Florida: Kansas City, Memphis, Milwaukee, and Nashville. Tampa is a popular spring break destination, and the budget carrier hopes to attract more passengers with these additional services.

Spirit Airlines plane on tarmac at Miami International Airport.

Photo: Leonard Zhukovsky | Shutterstock

Even airports are gearing up for an increase in footfall. Pittsburgh Airport will see several airlines resume seasonal services or add flights ahead of the spring travel break. The airport is already seeing a steady rise in passengers from the start of this year and expects the trend to continue for the foreseeable future.

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  • N14106 United Airlines (Her Art Here-California Livery) Boeing 757-224 (1)

    United Airlines

    IATA/ICAO Code:
    UA/UAL

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Hub(s):
    Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Denver International Airport, Guam International Airport, Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport

    Year Founded:
    1931

    Alliance:
    Star Alliance

    CEO:
    Scott Kirby

    Country:
    United States

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