United Airlines Will Stop Flying at JFK in October
United Airlines revealed on Friday that it will suspend service in late October to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK). The airline had threatened last month to do just that, if the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) did not give United additional flights.
United currently flies twice daily to San Francisco and Los Angeles from JFK.
“Given our current, too-small-to-be-competitive schedule out of JFK — coupled with the start of the Winter season where more airlines will operate their slots as they resume JFK flying — United has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend service at JFK,” United said in a memo that was seen and reported by Reuters.
The Chicago-based carrier, is the third largest domestic airline behind American and Delta. The airline had previously claimed that without additional permanent slots, it cannot operate out of JFK “effectively compared to the larger schedules and more attractive flight times flown by [its] competitors,” including JetBlue and American.
United said the decision would impact 100 employees who work at JFK, who would be transferred to other nearby stations.
The FAA said Friday it is “dedicated to doing its part to safely expand New York City airports and airspace capacity. We will follow our fair and well-established process to award future slots to increase competition.”
In 2015, United pulled out of JFK and decided to concentrate on its local hub at Newark. When it left, it leased its 24 year-round slots to rival Delta Air Lines.