United Airlines Plans to Return to New York JFK Airport

United is evaluating a return to New York JFK Airport

(A United Airlines 757-200 landing in JFK - August 2014)

After five years since leaving New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, United Airlines is now planning to return to JFK as soon as early 2021.

United Airlines abandoned flying to New York JFK in October 2015 and decided to consolidate its operations in Newark Airport with some fragments remaining in New York LaGuardia.

United had two routes out of JFK leading up to its termination:

  • JFK to Los Angeles (Premium Boeing 757-200)
  • JFK to San Francisco (Premium Boeing 757-200)

Both of these frequencies were transferred to Newark Airport. At one point United even operated flights from JFK to Buenos Aires, London Heathrow, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Caracas and one-stop flights to Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro and Hong Kong.

In an April 2017 interview with United President Scott Kirby, he said, “I wish I could roll back the clock and change the decision (leaving JFK). It was the wrong decision”.

Scott Kirby is now the CEO of United, so it looks like he’s pushing forward with plans to return to JFK despite low travel demand.

According to CNBC today:

United Airlines is planning to resume service at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2021, possibly early in the year, according to people familiar with the matter.

The early plans are a bet that the pandemic’s lull in air travel could help United end its five-year absence from what is normally one of the country’s most congested airports. Service could start early next year but a firm timeline hasn’t been finalized. It isn’t yet clear whether regulators will grant United space at the tightly controlled airport.

On October 15, 2020, United’s CEO Scott Kirby confirmed United is planning to return to JFK Airport:

Sources/Image Credits

Image: https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/7984857

CNBC: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/29/united-plans-to-return-to-jfk-in-2021-after-more-than-5-year-absence.html

Scott Kirby Interview: https://skift.com/2017/04/21/united-airlines-president-leaving-new-yorks-jfk-was-the-wrong-decision/

United old JFK routes:

If United returns to JFK, what routes do you think they’ll launch (or resume)? Do you think they’ll go for hub-to-hub or continue a point-to-point strategy in the Northeast region?


I really don’t think they need to, but that’s just my opinion. I mean a couple of flights couldn’t hurt, but I don’t understand airlines that have a major hub, and try to move into another major airport right next door. I doesn’t always work out.


The the only benefit of this would would be that people who are closer to JFK can fly United.

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Big benefit though, but Newark people won’t be happy. That’s their airline, or should I say your

I live by KEWR like 5 mins air time and I’ve never seen United operate to JFK. This is because of their hubs in Newark Liberty and Washington Dulles. I dont really think it’s relevant for United to operate to JFK because the airports are right next to each other. Plus, UPS and jetBlue sometimes go from JFK to Newark and its only like 10 minute flight.


I’ve got my own problems with AA leaving LAX for SEA for their Asia routes 😂

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Wait there actually doing that O_O

No. Just no.

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United Leaves Newark in Favor of JFK



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Yes. They are 😒

Nooooooooooo! lol that would be the worst
I’m not clicking on the link tho

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Why would they do that? They have had Newark as a hub since like the airport same out Irl. Don’t think United would just abandon an airport like that. Come on. JetBlue has a hub at John F. Kennedy already. It’s a bit irrelevant for United to just switch to JFK.

Is this real?! Am I in a dream?

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If Coby Explanes on YouTube makes a video on it im googling it.

Honestly I’m surprised airlines are adding new things (such as routes) and changing stuff around despite we are in a pandemic.

In a way would it benefit them, more opportunities for passengers to connect with other star alliance airline? I heard that somewhere but not sure if it’s true as quite a few star alliance airlines are also at EWR

Would be very cool, assuming they’re not cutting any routes out of Newark I don’t see any issues or assume that EWR would be unhappy… it would really just make the route more competitive because they’d be directly competing with Delta, American, Alaska, and more rather than flying to airports nearly an hour away from each other.

The additional capacity on the JFK-SFO/LAX route probably wouldn’t hurt, it’s already an extremely profitable route and definitely one that brings in a lot of money for both airlines. Of course it could bring about some changes for business/first passengers because it wouldn’t be one of their premium transcontinental routes, so in terms of amenities EWR would probably be better, but for convenience I’d probably take this flight if I had the chance.

There is really no reason for United to abandon Newark and go to JFK. First of all, they are next to each other like 10 mins flight time, and second of all, United’s Newark hub has been there since Newark came out basically. So why would they abandon Newark? It isn’t very relevant for the Airline really.

They’re not abandoning, it’s adding an additional service. JFK most likely doesn’t even have all the space for another airline to open a hub as large as they have at EWR, and it’d cause a lot more airlines than just UA to leave Newark because most Star Alliance carriers fly there.

They wouldn’t cut any EWR flights. Yes, United does have a large presence at EWR, but when United ran the JFK flights, they had a loyal following on those.
Many of you have to realize that the NYC area isn’t just Manhattan. There were many business people in Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island, etc. that used these flights to get to the West Coast because their businesses had contracts with United, and vice versa with West Coast businesspeople getting to the areas I mentioned above. Getting from Queens to Newark across two rivers and with traffic is a nightmare, so JFK and EWR draw from two totally different areas.
Just one thing, it might be a bit tough for United to regain what they lost, since many businesses signed contracts with other airlines like Delta, American, for business travel from JFK to the West Coast, and vice versa once United pulled out of JFK.


Yea I didnt mean it like that, but they are almost ditching Newark if they do. Plus why would they move to an airport nxt to Newark? It’s more of a competition and mat make the airline bankrupt if they play risky