United Air­lines to stop flights to JFK

Los Angeles Times - - BUSINESS BEAT - As­so­ci­ated press

United Air­lines will stop f ly­ing to John F. Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port in New York in Oc­to­ber and shift pre­mium cross-coun­try flights there to its nearby hub in Ne­wark, N.J.

The move will strengthen United’s po­si­tion in Ne­wark, where it is al­ready the dom­i­nant air­line, while with­draw­ing from an air­port where it lags far be­hind Delta, JetBlue and Amer­i­can in pas­sen­gers.

The prob­lem for United at JFK: It didn’t of­fer any con­nect­ing flights for pas­sen­gers who ar­rived from Los An­ge­les and San Fran­cisco.

If those peo­ple wanted to travel on to Europe, they needed to catch a ride to Ne­wark or switch at JFK to another air­line.

Ex­ec­u­tives of United Con­ti­nen­tal Hold­ings Inc. said the JFK ser­vice has lost money over the last seven years, although they de­clined to say how much.

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