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United Airlines to halt service at New York’s JFK airport in October

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (Reuters) – United Airlines (UAL.O) said Friday it will suspend service to John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) in New York at the end of October.

United had threatened to take action earlier this month if the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) refused to grant the airline additional flights.

United only flies twice a day to San Francisco and Los Angeles from JFK, the busiest airport in the New York area, after resuming service in 2021.

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“Given our current schedule that is too small to be competitive outside of JFK – coupled with the start of the winter season, where more airlines will operate their slots when they resume flying JFK – United have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend service. from JFK,” United said in a memo seen by Reuters. The airline has not indicated when the service could resume.

United said “talks with the FAA have been constructive,” but added: “It is also clear that the process of adding additional capacity at JFK will take time.”

United said the decision would affect 100 employees working at JFK, but emphasized that “no one will lose their job” and employees will transfer to other nearby stations.

United has been working to pursue additional slots — these are take-off and landing authorizations — through the FAA and seeking commercial agreements to acquire slots from other airlines.

The FAA said Friday that it is “committed to safely expanding New York City’s airports and airspace capacity. We will follow our fair and established process to award future slots to increase competition.”

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United said it cannot serve JFK effectively without permanent slots compared to the larger schedules and more attractive flight times flown by JetBlue Airways. (JBLU.O) and American Airlines (AAL.O).

United signed a long-term lease in 2015 to lease 24 full-year slots on JFK to Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) as it ended JFK service to focus on the nearby Newark interchange in northern New Jersey.

United states there is room to grow at JFK, the US’s 13th busiest airport, because the FAA and the Port Authority have made significant investments in infrastructure since 2008, including “runway widening, multiple entrances and the construction of aligned high-speed exits.”

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Reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Sandra Maler and Aurora Ellis

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