United Airlines Mulls Return to New York’s JFK Airport After 5-Year Absence

By Anna Breuer on 29 September 2020
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United’s former terminal at JFK, Terminal 7

United Airlines, which ended its operations at John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2015, is considering a return to the aerodrome in 2021.

The Chicago-based airline, which by 2015 only operated premium transcon flights to San Francisco and Los Angeles from JFK, explained its departure at the time, saying it had failed to make a profit on these routes over the past seven years.

The move would require the availability of slots at JFK as well as sufficient space for the airline’s operations at one of JFK’s terminals.

The airline’s new CEO, Scott Kirby, who joined the airline in 2017 as president, has said multiple times since then that leaving JFK had been “a mistake.”

United operates the majority of its flights in the New York metro area from its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport and also has a substantial presence at LaGuardia Airport, from which it operates numerous domestic flights as well as transborder flights to Canada.

United last operated from Terminal 7, which is owned by British Airways.

United spokesman Robert Einhorn said the airline had “no comment” on the story.

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