United Airlines to suspend service at New York’s JFK airport in October

United Airlines to suspend service at New York's JFK airport in October
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WASHINGTON, September 30 (Reuters) – United Airlines (UAL.O) said on Friday that it will suspend service at the end of October to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK).

Earlier this month, United had threatened to take action if the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) did not award additional flights to the airline.

United has been flying just twice a day to San Francisco and Los Angeles from JFK, the New York area’s busiest airport, after resuming service in 2021.

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“Given our current schedule too small to be competitive from JFK, coupled with the start of the winter season where more airlines will operate their slots as JFK flights resume, United has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend service. at JFK,” United said in a memo seen by Reuters. The airline did not specify when it might resume service.

United said its “discussions with the FAA have been constructive” but added that “it is also clear that the process to add additional capacity at JFK will take some time.”

United said the decision would affect 100 employees who work at JFK, but stressed “no one will lose their job” and employees will transition to other nearby stations.

United has been working to seek additional slots, which are takeoff and landing clearances, through the FAA and pursuing commercial deals to acquire slots from other airlines.

The FAA said Friday that it is “dedicated to doing its part to safely expand New York City’s airports and airspace capacity. We will follow our fair and well-established process for awarding future slots to increase competition.” .

United said that without permanent slots it cannot serve JFK “effectively compared to” JetBlue Airways’ larger schedules and more attractive flight times. (JBLU.O) and American Airlines (AAL.O).

In 2015, United entered into a long-term agreement to lease 24 slots year-round at JFK to Delta Air Lines. (DAL.N) as it ended JFK service to focus on its nearby hub of Newark in northern New Jersey.

United argues that there is room to grow at JFK, the 13th busiest airport in the US, because the FAA and the Port Authority have made significant infrastructure investments since 2008, including “expanding runways, building taxiways of multiple entrances and the creation of aligned high-speed turnouts”.

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Reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Sandra Maler and Aurora Ellis

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