United Airlines to cut 12% of domestic flights to Newark to tame delays

United Airlines to cut 12% of domestic flights to Newark to tame delays

A United Airlines passenger plane lands at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, on January 19, 2022.

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United Airlines will reduce about 50 daily flights from Newark Liberty International Airport next month in an effort to reduce delays that disrupted passenger plans this year.

The cuts amount to about 12% of United’s schedule at its New Jersey hub and apply exclusively to domestic flights, starting July 1.

United executives said the delays were the result of capacity constraints, airport construction and air traffic control, rather than a lack of staff at airlines.

The U.S. airline industry is largely struggling with higher flight cancellation and delay rates this year compared to 2019. Routine problems such as thunderstorms have led to major passenger delays, and staffing shortages at some airlines have hampered air travel growth this year. Airlines have also reduced flights and destinations, citing a lack of pilots.

Last week, Secretary of the Transport Pete Buttigieg called on the executive directors of the airlines to make sure that they do not repeat the recent series of disturbances during the holidays on July 4 and the rest of the summer.

“After the last few weeks of irregular operations in Newark, caused by many factors, including the construction of the airport, we turned to the FAA and received an exemption that allows us to temporarily adjust our schedule there until the end of the summer,” said John Reutman. told staff in a note Thursday.

United said that it is not canceling services for any city at the moment, but it will reduce the number of flights it operates to certain markets.

“Although we have planes, pilots, crew and staff to support our schedule in Nevarko, this waiver will allow us to eliminate about 50 daily departures, which should help minimize excessive delays and improve performance on time – not just for our clients.” but for all who fly through Newark, “he wrote.

From the beginning of the year to the middle of June, 31% of flights in Newark were delayed, which is the second worst rate in the country after Chicago Midway, according to the flight tracking site FlightAvara.

Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines are among the carriers that have also cut their schedules this year.

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