United Airlines Delays Two New International Routes Before They Launch

by Anthony Losanno
United Plane

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Back in October, United Airlines announced its summer schedule. This included several new routes like Faro International Airport (FAO) and Mactan–Cebu International Airport (CEB). Unfortunately, United is pushing Cebu flights to October and Faro to at least next summer (it might be scrapped altogether).

The Points Guy first reported that United was dropping plans to fly between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Faro International Airport (FAO). This new Portuguese destination was supposed to begin on May 24th using a 757-200 (similar to what United currently uses for other destinations in Spain and Portugal).

Last month, United unveiled its plans to fly to Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK), Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB), and Medellin’s Jose Maria Cordova International Airport (MDE). The Cebu flights have now been pushed to begin in October (the original start date was July 31st on a Boeing 737-800).

After multiple mechanical issues, United is now under the scrutiny of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Part of the oversight being added to United’s operations center around accepting new aircraft and launching new routes. One has to wonder if this is related.

Anthony’s Take: @xJonNYC shared above that a lack of aircraft and trained ground staff is the likely culprit for these delays/cuts. I think that could also be true. Between the FAA, planes, and crew, we’ll see if any other routes are impacted in the future.

(Featured Image Credit: United Airlines.)

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