United Airlines Makes Huge Cuts to Planned China Flights

by Anthony Losanno
United Plane

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about an announcement (reported on by Reuters) from the U.S. Transportation Department (USDOT) that said it will increase the number of Chinese flights allowed to fly to the US to 18 weekly roundtrips on September 1st. That will increase to 24 weekly starting on October 29th.  The Chinese government will agree to the same frequency for American carriers.


United Airlines announced that it would be resuming service to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) and increasing flights to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) when that statement came out. During the COVID-19 pandemic, service was halted and United has been gradually working to bring it back as restrictions have lifted.

But, it looks like United might have been a bit hasty in its announcement because the only route to China that remains on United’s schedule in October is from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG). United had planned to have 122 flights to China in October, 566 in November, and 584 in December. Those numbers have been hacked down to 62 in October, 101 in November, and 124 in December.

The airline was going to relaunch its flights in October from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Beijing and Shanghai, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Shanghai, Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Beijing and Shanghai, Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Beijing, and San Francisco to Beijing and Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU). These plans have all been pushed to January 2024 with the exception of the San Francisco to Beijing route, which is still scheduled for November and the Chengdu flights (those are slated to restart in March 2024).

Anthony’s Take: Several news sources commented on how the announcements from United and Delta indicated more flights than the total amount allocated by the governments. We’ll see if this schedule slips further or what other amendments are made.

(H/T: Simple Flying.)

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