United Airlines announced on Thursday that it will operate more than 3,500 domestic flights in December, the most since the outbreak began, in an effort to tap into pent-up holiday season demand from travellers who were unable to see friends and family last year. United to restart flights from Chicago to Tokyo Haneda and Amsterdam – Business Traveller

Holiday travel flight searches on the US carrier's website were up 16 % over the previous year.

United said it would add flights to famous tourist locations such as Las Vegas from its hub airports, as well as flights to ski resorts such as Aspen.

After the Biden administration reopened the country to fully-vaccinated air travellers from around the world in November, U.S. Airlines are poised to benefit from both domestic and foreign travel demand during the holiday season.

As passengers start planning Christmas holidays, brokerage Cowen said in a report earlier this week that it expected the fourth-quarter projection for US airlines to reflect a high peak, potentially exceeding 2019 levels.