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United Airlines is growing its leisure route network as executives expect business travel to remain low until 2024.

Latin American and Caribbean countries with limited or no restrictions for entry by US citizens are the main focus of the expansion.

The new routes boost United's presence in Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras.

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United Airlines is further expanding its leisure route map this winter with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean as demand shifts south of the border to the few countries welcoming Americans. The new leisure-focused routes make sense as the company's CEO has said he doesn't expect business travel to recover until 2024.

The new routes boost United's presence in Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras with expanded service from the airline's hubs across the US from coast to coast. Both regions have been taking the lead in accepting American tourists in recent months as more flyers take to the skies.

Costa Rica, for example, is opening its borders to all Americans starting November 1 – after previously restricting entry for residents of high-risk states – with proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, according to the US Embassy in San Jose. Belize and Honduras have recently begun allowing all US citizens to enter but are similarly requiring negative tests to be presented for entry.

Mexico has remained open to Americans arriving via air throughout the summer and has not used negative tests as a requirement for entry. The Dominican Republic also does not require a negative test for entry.

The new routes allow for quicker journeys and allow for more non-stop itineraries for those seeking to head south for the winter. United is also increasing flights on existing routes to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Here's where United Airlines is flying this winter.
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