Not long ago, United flew some 500 daily flights from NYC. Starting tomorrow, that will be slashed to just 17 daily flights as air travel demand plummets due to coronavirus.
United says that starting tomorrow they will operate just 2 daily flights to one destination from LaGuardia and 15 daily flights to 9 destinations from Newark.
United is saying that these changes will be in effect for at least next 3 weeks. They are still in the process of cancelling flights over that time period.
From what I can tell, this appears to be United’s new schedule to/from NYC:
- LaGuardia to/from Chicago/ORD: 2 daily flights
- Newark to/from Chicago/ORD: 1 daily flight
- Newark to/from Denver: 2 daily flights
- Newark to/from Houston: 3 daily flights
- Newark to/from Los Angeles: 4 daily flights
- Newark to/from San Francisco: 1 daily flight
- Newark to/from Washington DC/IAD: 1 daily flight
- Newark to/from Frankfurt: 1 daily flight
- Newark to/from London: 1 daily flight
- Newark to/from Tel Aviv: 1 daily flight
Of course United will still be making frequent adjustments to these schedules and the number of daily flights to each destination is subject to change.
With these updates United maintains daily flights to their other hubs so that people can still travel internationally should they need to, though they may need to take an extra connection to do so. United’s 3 remaining international flights, Frankfurt, London, and Tel Aviv, are also likely their most profitable destinations in general, and ones that have significant cargo demand.
If United does cancel your flight, or significantly alters your flight schedule, they are obligated to offer a refund. Readers are reporting success in getting refunds from United since the DoT guidance came out on Friday, so be sure to call and demand a refund if you are affected.
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