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United Adds 190 Flights for Political Conventions

DALLAS — In preparation of U.S. political conventions, United Airlines ((UA) will add 72 flights to and from Milwaukee in July and additional 118 flights to and from Chicago in August.

This means the airline has boosted its Milwaukee operations by over 75% for the Republican National Convention in July and will operate its largest schedule from Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) since 2019 for the Democratic National Convention in August. This includes a 40% increase in flights between ORD and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

Via a press release posted this week by the carrier, Patrick Quayle, United's Senior Vice President of Global Network Planning and Alliances, said, "These conventions are deeply rooted in tradition and have become a weeklong celebration of our political process."

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Republican National Convention

For the Republican National Convention, UA will increase its Milwaukee schedule by 75%, accommodating nearly 5,000 additional attendees. This includes:

  • A new nonstop flight between Milwaukee and DCA.
  • 72 additional flights from United's hubs in ORD, New York/Newark (EWR), Denver (DEN), Washington Dulles (IAD), and Houston (IAH).
  • 20 roundtrip flights on larger aircraft.
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Democratic National Convention

For the Democratic National Convention, US will operate its largest Chicago O'Hare schedule since 2019, with over 530 flights per day on peak days. The schedule features:

  • 38 additional flights between ORD and DCA, with all peak convention day flights on Boeing 737-8 aircraft.
  • Over 80 additional flights between ORD and cities such as Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Portland, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose, and Seattle.

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