By Vanni Gibertini
United Set to Exit 11 Cities Starting in 2022
The U.S. domestic market’s passenger numbers have returned to levels very close to those experienced before the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Traffic still remains more leisure-driven and the heavy limitations that are still stifling demand on international routes affect traffic flows throughout the networks of all major U.S. carriers.
For these reasons, airlines are continuing to review their services and a lack of demand in certain markets is forcing network planners to take action. United has decided to cancel services to a number of regional airports that are currently served by United Express flights.
“Due to changes in the long-term sustainability of several of our regional routes, United will end service to eight cities at the start of the new year. We will work with impacted customers to help them make alternate plans,” a spokesman for the airline told AirlineGeeks in an email.
United Airlines has confirmed that two communities in Michigan, including the capital city Lansing, will lose their connection to Chicago O’Hare, as well as three more towns in neighboring states. Here is the complete list:
In addition to that, two more destinations in Texas and one in Louisiana will no longer be served by United from the airline’s Houston hub:
College Station, Texas
However, according to Cirium scheduling data and additional reports, there are also some other regional airports that are due to drop off United’s destination map in January 2022. In South Dakota, the capital Pierre and Watertown that are now connected to the carrier’s Denver hub with daily services will no longer be served by United Express’ regional jets, and the town of Twin Falls, Idaho will also experience the same fate as its daily connection to the Mile High City will be discontinued at the beginning of the new year, per a recent Boise State Public Radio report.
The affected airports were not immediately available to comment on the upcoming service changes.