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United Airlines said Friday it will suspend flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) at the end of October.

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Earlier this month, United threatened to take action if the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) did not provide the carrier with additional flights.

United flies just twice a day to San Francisco and Los Angeles from JFK, the busiest airport in the New York area, after resuming service in 2021.

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UNITED AIRLINES MAY END JFK SERVICE WITHOUT MAJOR FLIGHTS

“Given our current too-small-to-competitive off-JFK schedule—combined with the start of the winter season when more airlines will use their slots as flights resume at JFK—United has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend service. at JFK,” according to a United memo seen by Reuters. The airline did not specify when it could resume flights.

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United stated that “discussions with the FAA have been constructive” but added that “it is also clear that the process of adding additional capacity to JFK will take some time.”

United said the decision would affect 100 employees working at JFK, but stressed that “no one will lose their jobs” and employees will move to other nearby stations.

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United is working to obtain additional slots, which are takeoff and landing permits, through the FAA and seeking commercial deals to acquire slots from other airlines.

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United said that without permanent slots, it cannot serve JFK “efficiently compared to the broader schedules and more attractive flight times of our competitors” such as JetBlue Airways and American Airlines.

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United entered into a long-term deal in 2015 to lease 24 year-round slots at JFK to Delta Air Lines as it ended JFK service and focused on its nearby Newark hub in northern New Jersey.

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United says JFK, the 13th busiest U.S. airport, has room for growth because the FAA and the Port Authority have invested heavily in infrastructure since 2008, including “expanding runways, building multi-entry taxiways and creating coordinated high-speed turns”.