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:
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?