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United Airlines to add 5th flight between Charleston and New York this fall

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United Airlines is adding a fifth daily nonstop destination out of Charleston International Airport. File/Staff

United Airlines' push to increase its market share will launch another daily route between Charleston International and the New York City area this fall.

The nation's No. 3 carrier by volume will boost its daily service from four to five legs on Oct. 4 between the Holy City and one of the Big Apple's three airports, in Newark, N.J., the airline announced Tuesday.

United will offer the new two-hour flight on the 50-seat Embraer 145 just ahead of the busy holiday travel season.

New York is one of the top destinations among Lowcountry air travelers.

Chicago-based United now offers departures from Charleston at 6:30 a.m., 10:23 a.m., 2:20 p.m. and 6:49 p.m., according to the airport website.

The carrier's online schedule on Oct. 4 shows nonstop flights from Charleston to Newark at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 2:15 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

Some of the early roundtrip flights are being offered for $179 at the basic economy rate.

The new route is part of United's realignment of flights at Newark, New Jersey, and Dulles in Washington, D.C.

Nonstop flights will increase from Newark to 15 East Coast destinations, including Charleston, while three other short-haul cities will see increased service from Dulles. The shift is meant to free up slots at Newark so United can add frequencies to tourist-rich destinations such as Nashville, Orlando and Charleston.

"We approached these schedule adjustments with our customers in mind, knowing that we wanted to create a schedule that offers customers beginning their travel in the New York City area convenient flights to many of the business and leisure destinations they frequent the most," said Ankit Gupta, United's vice president of domestic network.

"Since more of our customers begin their travel from New York/Newark than any other United hub city, we've created a more customer-friendly schedule that removed connection times and provided convenient nonstop service to multiple U.S. destinations," Gupta said.

United is one of eight carriers serving Charleston's airport and one of three airlines serving the New York City area from the Lowcountry.  

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, the Lowcountry's largest carrier by volume, offers service to JFK and LaGuardia airports in the New York City area while New York-based JetBlue Airways flies to JFK.

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