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Earlier today, I wrote about how Delta Air Lines has cancelled some of its transatlantic routes for next winter. United is apparently also trimming its schedule and will be completely exiting two smaller markets in May and June.
Effective May 31st, United Express affiliate SkyWest Airlines will stop service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Erie International Airport (ERI). One day later on June 1st, service will end for Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI) (also from ORD).
American Airlines will serve these two airports going forward with twice daily service from ORD to SPI (starting June 1st). The airline currently flies twice daily to ERI from its hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).
The pilot shortage has been tough on airlines (especially regional carriers) and many smaller markets have felt the brunt of these staffing issues. United has cut 38 routes since the pandemic started.
Anthony’s Take: It’s always sad to see flights cut (especially at smaller airports where there are not many to begin with). This impacts jobs and ease for local travelers. It’s good that there are alternatives and I’m thankful to live near a huge hub most of the year.
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