United Airlines announced yesterday that service to New York's JFK Airport will come to an end on October 25th. Instead, incoming flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco will be directed to Newark Airport in New Jersey. Why the change in location? According to the airline, they've failed to make a profit at the airport for the past seven years.
United attributes the loss of profits to the lack of flight routing options at Kennedy. The competition among flight brands servicing JFK Airport and the constant pressure to offer the best in luxury amenities was also a deciding factor in the move. Megan McCarthy, a spokesperson for the airline, spoke on the advantages Newark offers: "We believe this makes us more competitive in New York. We are putting our best product where our customers are flying. We have a hub in Newark that can connect to points all over the world."
United is already a strong player at Newark Airport with 14 daily flights to Los Angeles and 15 daily flights to San Francisco. The brand currently has six flights to Los Angeles and seven to San Francisco departing from JFK Airport. United is looking to sell their current takeoff and landing spaces to Delta at Kennedy and buy some off of the same brand at Newark.
There is good news for United's premium service travelers—all flights making the cross-country journey between the three destinations will now be equipped with premium cabins. Currently, the cabins were only available on flights traveling out of Kennedy.
Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.