United Airlines will reduce 50 daily flights in Newark starting July 1

United Airlines announced it will eliminate 50 daily departures from Newark, New Jersey, this summer beginning July 1, a 12% reduction in the airline’s schedule there.

The airline said Thursday that passengers whose flights are affected will be contacted about alternative options.

United’s executive vice president of operations, Jon Roitman, said in a statement that the move is meant to keep things running smoothly after a string of bad days so far this summer.

“After the last few weeks of irregular operations at Newark, caused by many factors, including airport construction, we contacted the FAA and received a waiver allowing us to temporarily adjust our hours there for the remainder of the summer,” Roitman said. “We do not anticipate any schedule changes at our other six national centers this summer.”

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United Airlines will cancel 50 daily departures at Newark this summer.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortes)

According to United, all the flights that are cut are domestic, and all the markets that the airline serves from Newark will continue to be connected, although some with lower frequencies.

United isn’t the only airline cutting its schedule amid this summer’s surge in travel. American Airlines announced earlier this week that it would end service to four cities in its regional affiliates after Labor Day, and JetBlue previously announced a 10% reduction in flights this summer.

While a driver shortage is behind many of these cuts, United insists the reductions at Newark have nothing to do with its own staff.

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“While we have the planes, pilots, crews and staff to support our Newark program, this (FAA) waiver will allow us to eliminate about 50 daily departures, which should help minimize excessive delays and improve timeliness, not just not for our customers, but for everyone who flies through Newark,” Roitman said. “Our (COVID) recovery plan has been to only sell a schedule that we could fly and put customers first, even if it meant sacrificing some short-term revenue.”

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