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United Airlines is adjusting its winter schedule with many cuts being made to its London Heathrow Airport (LHR) offerings. The airline has not commented on why these changes are being made, but it’s not hard to surmise that demand has dropped.
In May, I wrote about how United had pulled flights between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and London Heathrow Airport (LHR) as of October 29th. Now, changes are being made to the schedule for Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). With the biggest hacks being made to the Newark flights, Washington DC seeing some cuts, and minimal changes to the other hubs.
United currently operates 21 daily flights from its hubs and Boston. 476 London flights have been removed from the schedule for October 2023 through March 2024 across the network.
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) will have eight fewer flights in November, 45 fewer in December, 36 in January, 59 less in February, and minus 74 in March. 222 frequencies overall are being removed.
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) sees minimal cuts throughout the winter (only a few frequencies per month) until March when 60 are cut.
United might have been overly ambitious when it initially planned its winter schedule. These changes will see 258 flights less than winter 2022-2023, but still 6,266 flights between the United States and London (which is an impressive amount).
Anthony’s Take: I think this is the first of many cuts we’ll see this winter. While there is still demand, the current level was not sustainable. It will be interesting to see if fare sales start to pop up.
(H/T: Simple Flying.)
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