A United Airlines passenger airplane is touchdown on Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, on January 19, 2022.
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United Airlines will lower about 50 every day flights from Newark Liberty International Airport subsequent month in an effort to scale back delays which have disrupted vacationers’ plans this yr.
The cuts quantity to about 12% of United’s schedule in its New Jersey hub and apply solely to home flights, beginning July 1.
United executives have mentioned the delays are the results of capability constraints, airport development and air visitors management — not airline staffing shortfalls.
From the beginning of the yr by mid-June, 31% of flights at Newark had been delayed, the second-worst price within the nation behind Chicago Midway, in accordance with flight-tracking website FlightAware.
Jon Roitman, United’s government vp and COO informed workers in a word Thursday that “after the last few weeks of irregular operations in Newark, caused by many factors including airport construction, we reached out to the FAA and received a waiver allowing us to temporarily adjust our schedule there for the remainder of the summer.”
United mentioned it’s at present not ending service to any cities, however will cut back the variety of flights it operates to sure markets.
“Even though we have the planes, pilots, crews, and staff to support our Newark schedule, this waiver will allow us to remove about 50 daily departures which should help minimize excessive delays and improve on-time performance – not only for our customers, but for everyone flying through Newark,” he wrote.