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United Airlines cut routes to 38 airports over the past three years. This was largely based on changes in travel demand due to the pandemic and staff shortages. Over the weekend, United removed a 39th destination from its route network when it changed its schedule to no longer serve Westchester County Airport (HPN) as of June 30th.
Flights to Westchester County Airport (HPN) were coming only from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). United Express affiliates: SkyWest Airlines, ExpressJet, and Air Wisconsin have served Westchester through the years, but flights from Chicago have been all United has offered since 2012 when it dropped service from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). (Photo credit: WAMC.)
United released the following statement (as shared by The Points Guy):
Since we have a limited number of regional jets and pilots to fly them, we regularly evaluate how best to use those resources to provide convenient service to smaller airports across the country. Based on this analysis, we have decided to suspend service between White Plains and Chicago starting 7/1. We’ve already begun proactively contacting our customers to offer them alternative flights to Chicago from LGA, EWR and other nearby airports.”
American Airlines will be the sole carrier to fly between Chicago and Westchester. The airport will still be supported by flights from Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, Breeze Airways, as well as Cape Air and Tradewind Aviation.
Anthony’s Take: A lot has changed since March 2020. Travel behavior is different, pilots are in demand, and carriers will need to continue to tweak schedules to accommodate.
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