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United Airlines is set to start a new daily service between its hub at Washington Dulles International Airport and Miami International Airport from 19 December.

The latest announcement comes as the company launched services to 33 new destinations from its hubs in 18 states in the last four months.

It is part of the airline’s strategy to strengthen its domestic route and to offer its customers more opportunities to connect to domestic and international destinations.

United Airlines is also increasing flights between its Washington Dulles hub and Orlando and Tampa.

Daily flights to Orlando will be increased to five between November this year and January next year, and four daily flights to Tampa between December this year and next January.

“The new destinations and the service expansions provide customers more choice and more opportunities to travel to the destinations that are most important to them.”

The airline will run a daily service between Washington Dulles and Miami from this December until March 2019, and twice daily service during peak holiday travel season.

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In addition, United will offer up to 16 daily flights to Miami from Houston, New York/Newark, San Francisco Chicago and Denver.

This year, United has expanded services throughout Florida including Key West, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota and West Palm Beach from its hubs in New York/Newark and Washington Dulles.

As well as the new destinations, United has expanded service to more than 40 US cities by adding either more flights or larger aircraft.

United Airlines vice president of domestic network planning Ankit Gupta said: “We want to make United the first choice for customers when planning travel.

“To do this we are focusing on the strengths of our hub cities, which are the largest centres for business and tourism travel in the country and key gateways for customers to easily and conveniently connect to thousands of cities throughout the United States and beyond.

“The new destinations and the service expansions that we’re launching this year provide customers more choice and more opportunities to travel to the destinations that are most important to them.”