United Airlines Reduces Newark To Nine Destinations

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At this point no airline capacity cuts really come as a surprise, though United’s new flight reductions in the New York City area really put into perspective how far things have come.

United massively reduces Newark & LaGuardia flying

As of today (Sunday, April 5, 2020), United Airlines is temporarily reducing flying schedules to and from Newark and LaGuardia. They say that these changes will stick for a period of at least three weeks. Just how big are the reductions?

  • Newark will go from 139 daily flights to 62 destinations, to 15 daily flights to nine destinations
  • LaGuardia will go from 18 daily flights to four destinations, to two daily flights to one destination

Note the “original” numbers shown above already represent the reduced schedule that happened after COVID-19.

To think that at this point United flies just 17 daily flights to a total of nine destinations out of the NYC area is… wow.

Here’s how United Airlines describes these reductions in a note to employees:

“For weeks now, our country – and the New York/New Jersey region, in particular – has been dealing with an abrupt increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases. You are on the front lines of this crisis at our airports and onboard our aircraft, providing an essential service to these communities and our customers. Through it all, we have taken aggressive steps to protect your safety including diligently implementing social distancing measures, enhancing cleaning protocols and adding core4 days to limit the exposure of our employees.

As the situation in New York and New Jersey worsens, we are taking another major step at Newark and LaGuardia to help keep our employees safe and play our part in helping to mitigate the spread of the outbreak in the Tri-State area.”

United will still pay all employees

In a note to employees, the airline notes that these reductions will result in substantially fewer employees needed. However, United Airlines will maintain pay and benefits for all local employees schedules to work in those locations during temporary reductions.

After all, one of the conditions of United Airlines receiving government aid is that the airline can’t involuntarily furlough any employees. While existing employees will mostly be paid for minimum hours, they’re all still getting a pay check.

United maintaining service to all destinations

As you can see, United Airlines isn’t just reducing frequencies out of the New York City area, but they’re also reducing destinations from the airport significantly. One of the conditions of government aid was that airlines wouldn’t cut service to any destinations through at least September 30, 2020.

Presumably this means that all the destinations they cut service to out of Newark and LaGuardia are otherwise served by United from other airports.

There has been talk of US airlines possibly consolidating flights given lack of demand, but nothing has come of that yet.

Bottom line

This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, ultimately, but still…

Between Newark and LaGuardia, United Airlines will go from operating 157 daily flights to just 17 daily flights. That’s significant.

To me these reductions make perfect sense. Flights within the US have largely been operating with just a few passengers, which seems financially irresponsible, and also bad for the environment. I’m all for US airlines greatly cutting service, while focusing primarily on cargo and those essential people who still need to travel.

  1. This is so interesting, but it must be because people are not traveling to NY.

    people have already left the city and as the infection rate spreads people want to stay hunkered down.

    I hope that United will re-open their Newark hub after this is over.

  2. There’s plenty of airports that are served by just EWR, but i wonder if they’re interpretation is that obly mainline united counts as dropping a destination and not express…

  3. Is it possible that during this down time that they demolish EWR and start all over again? Ditto for IAH.

  4. Given how bad it is, it’s surprising that there are still flights in/out of nyc altogether. The shortsightedness will extend the pandemic for much longer here.

  5. What kind of article is this if u dont include the destinations???? LOL come on Ben ur better than this

  6. The letter they posted doesn’t have the list, but a quick look around suggests the following:

    For LGA, it’s two flights daily to ORD.

    For EWR, it’s the hubs — LAX (3 flights/day), IAH (3), ORD (3), DEN (3), SFO (2), IAD (1?), LHR (1), FRA (1), and for some reason, FLL (1). I think?

    Anyway, given the grim situation, I assume they left it vague because these numbers and cities are probably subject to change.

  7. > Newark will go from 139 daily flights to 62 destinations, to 15 daily flights to nine destinations

    Article says this is for 3 weeks starting on April 5th but I don’t see it in the schedule yet.

    For example, it looks like on April 21st:
    (1) LAX – 3 flights (7 flights the next day)
    (2) DEN – 3 flights
    (3) IAH – 4 flights
    (4) SFO – 2 flights (11 flights the next day)
    (5) ORD – 5 flights
    (6) MIA – 1 flight
    (7) ATL – 1 flight
    (8) IAD – 2 flights
    (9) BOS – 2 flights
    (10) DFW – 1 flight
    (11) LHR – 1 flight
    (12) FRA – 1 flight
    (13) RSW (Ft Myers) – 1 flight

    There could be more since this was a manual search. This is more than 15 daily mainline flights to nine destinations. Plus there are United Express flights on top of this.

  8. There is “NO” essential people who still need to travel.
    Just like in NYC, even “CAR WASH” is f__king essential service.
    All lying about essential craps.

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