Will United Open a Hub in Tampa or Orlando?

by Anthony Losanno
United 787

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Speculation surfaced on X yesterday that United Airlines is considering opening a hub in Florida. Airline guru, @JonNYC, posted about a conversation held at United’s leadership conference where a new hub was discussed.

A Florida hub would not be new for United as the carrier operated one at Miami International Airport (MIA) until after 9/11. It currently has pilot bases at Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Tampa International Airport (TPA). “Someplace sunny” could mean lots of places, but both of these cities already have good United presence and flights to all of its hubs (plus, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) as it used to be a hub).

As a refresher, United currently operates hubs in these cities:

  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
  • Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

United is planning continued growth and has ordered over 700 additional aircraft. These are going to need to go somewhere, so an additional hub might make sense.

Anthony’s Take: I’d love to see Tampa become a United hub. This is all speculation at this point, but I can dream of more nonstop destinations from here.

(Featured Image Credit: United Airlines.)

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ZTravel February 7, 2024 - 2:50 pm

TPA is a much better airport than MCO! But if TPA wants more airlines to come here, they need to work with the city on traffic, need an expressway, or train or something!!

Many delta elites here will switch as delta puts the worst aircraft’s on tpa routes. Delta never restarted the short lived AMS route and no plans to kickoff the TPA -MIA ones. They also won’t let AF/KLM come in here. Our best bet, United hub here, real lounge, and even hopefully one international route (Paris)…. That would be devastating to DL!

Nctravel February 8, 2024 - 11:09 am

Orlando and Tampa are both pilot bases, flight attendant bases and maintenance bases. They are already hubs.

MCO Guy February 8, 2024 - 7:16 pm

That’s not what hub means. Hub and base are not synonymous.

Jeannette Sanchez February 8, 2024 - 7:18 pm

I would like United Airlines to Orlando International Airport. I love United Airlines!

Doug Blackburn February 9, 2024 - 1:40 pm

Make more sense to have the hub at MCO considering it is a much bigger airport than Tampa


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