FLORIDA- Chicago based carrier, United (UA) Airlines looking to ramp up its capacity and also looking to add new additional flights.
United Ramping Up Florida Capacity and New Flight
The airline plan are as follows:
- Key West (EYW) will be designated as a new mainline station, featuring the addition of Boeing 737-700 aircraft.
- Commencing from November 28, a Boeing 737 service from Newark (EWR) will be introduced on one of the two daily flights.
- Starting December 21, when the services from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) resume, they will be operated by Boeing 737 aircraft, replacing the previous E170 aircraft.
Further, United Airlines is considering the addition of a second daily flight between Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), scheduled tentatively for January.
The flights are initially planned to be operated using E170 aircraft. But it’s important to note that these plans are subject to potential changes.
UA Cuts Newark, New Jersey
United Airlines (UA) stated that its decision to reduce approximately 15 flights from its daily schedule at Newark (EWR) in August and early September would impact less than 4% of travelers using the New Jersey hub.
Earlier, the airline announced its plan to scale back flights at the New York City-area airport from 410 to about 395 due to operational challenges.
In April, United had already revealed its intention to decrease daily departures from Newark to 408 from the peak summer travel days’ previous 438 flights.
This move came after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted waivers to allow airlines not to operate up to 10% of flights at congested airports due to air traffic controller shortages.
A government audit raised concerns about staffing issues potentially affecting air traffic operations’ continuity. As a result, U.S. airlines, including United, have been advocating for increased hiring of air traffic controllers.
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