In April, United Airlines will suspend service on 13 routes and reduce service on 170 more as coronavirus fears continue to depress travel demand.
Last week, I wrote that United planned to cut April international capacity by 20% and domestic capacity by 10% versus the same period last year. In addition to Asian route suspensions I have already discussed, we now have great visibility in what United will cut.
Here are the cuts:
- Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
- Eugene (EUG)
- Jackson, Mississippi (JAN)
- Wilmington, North Carolina (ILM)
- Zurich (ZRH)
- Houston Bush Intercontinental (IAH)
- Akron/Canton, Ohio (CAK)
- Edmonton (YEG)
- Reno (RNO)
- Vancouver (YVR)
- Newark Liberty (EWR)
- Palm Springs (PSP)
- Salt Lake City (SLC)
- San Francisco (SFO)
- Fayetteville/Northwest Arkansas (XNA)
- Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
- New Orleans (MSY)
- Washington Dulles (IAD)
- Geneva (GVA)
In a note to employees, incoming CEO Scott Kirby noted all route suspensions have “alternative travel options via other United hubs.”
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It is not yet clear to what extent United will trim other routes. Don’t expect any route cuts at New York La Guardia (LGA) or Washington National (DCA), where “use-it-or-lose-it” rules still require an 80% utilization of slots in order to keep them.
If your travel plan are affected (or you just don’t feel like traveling anymore), you can cancel any ticket for travel through April 30th and have up to one year from the date you originally booked it to use the value of the ticket. In most cases, you will only be offered a refund if your flight is canceled and United cannot re-schedule you within 25 hours of your original departure time.
Keep an eye on your itineraries for continued schedule changes. For those on any of the suspended routes above, United will automatically rebook you on a new itinerary. If you do not like it, you can call United to discuss options or may be able to make them yourself on united.com or the mobile app.
(H/T: Edward Russell)