United Airlines pulling out of JFK

In a major shift in strategy, United Airlines is relocating all its transcontinental flights from New York JFK to its Newark hub.

Due to take effect in October, the premium cross-country flights will depart and arrive at Newark, made possible by a slot swap with Delta Air Lines.

United has agreed to trade its JFK landing slots with Delta in exchange for more slots at Newark, subject to regulatory approvals.

United says it has been losing money at JFK for years, losing lucrative business traffic as it did not offer any onward connections at JFK.

Travellers had to head over to Newark to board transatlantic flights or other mainline connections.

United also plans to upgrade its Terminal C lobby and renovate airport lounges at Newark and from October 25 will add more Boeing 757s to its Newark-California fleet which could grow to 32 flights a day by mid-2016.

“It makes us even stronger in the New York-New Jersey market,” said Jim Compton, United’s chief revenue officer.

“Our customers have asked for this service into our premier hub. We are investing in the three critical components of the travel experience for our customers – our network, our product and our facilities.”

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