United Airlines has announced plans to add flights, refocusing the schedule at Newark Liberty Airport to appeal to New Yorkers and also to emphasize Dulles Airport’s importance as a key hub for connecting flights.
United Airlines announced this week it will expand service to two key east coast hubs. While the added direct flights departing from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) will keep travelers originating in the New York City region in mind, new flights at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) will focus on easing connections for passengers taking advantage of the airline’s hub system to reach hundreds of other domestic and international destinations.
Officials say United will add new routes, increase the frequency of existing routes and fly larger equipment to and from the EWR and IAD hubs. All told, the carrier will expand service to 17 destinations from EWR. The airline will also add seasonal direct daily flights to Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) and year-round non-stop service to Key West International Airport (EYW) from the New Jersey hub.
“We approached these schedule adjustments with our customers in mind, knowing that we wanted to create a schedule that offers customers beginning their travel in the New York City area convenient flights to many of the business and leisure destinations they frequent the most,” United VP Ankit Gupta explained in a statement announcing the shift. “Since more of our customers begin their travel from New York/Newark than any other United hub city, we’ve created a more customer friendly schedule that removed connection times and provided convenient nonstop service to multiple U.S. destinations.”
Meanwhile, the airline will shift some regional flights from Newark to its IAD hub. Rather than connecting to mainline and regional flights at EWR, passengers from Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA), Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP) will instead make connecting flights at IAD.
“As we set out to build this schedule for our customers, we considered Washington-Dulles’ more optimal schedule offering for connecting flights and conducted an in-depth analysis of some of the short-haul flights scheduled from our Newark hub,” Gupta noted. “We determined that by shifting certain regional flights from Newark to Dulles, our customers will have more schedule flexibility and better options for connections on regional routes.”
Most of the schedule changes are slated to go into effect in October. The planned seasonal direct flights between EWR and PSP will operate between mid-December through the end of March.