United will be operating very few transatlantic routes from the UK during this coming summer.
The latest three routes to be suspended are:
- Edinburgh-New York (Newark)
- London Heathrow-Denver
- London Heathrow-Houston
Details of the above suspensions were posted on social media on Sunday. United was unable to comment on the above three routes (Edinburgh excepted).
I spent a good hour on United’s website on Sunday afternoon.
I found no indication of non-stop service(s) on the above. Potential customers were offered indirect routings via mainland Europe, via Ireland or via another US gateway.
Previously Routesonline.com reported these routes would be suspended:
- Edinburgh-Washington (Dulles)
- Glasgow-New York (Newark)
- London Heathrow-Los Angeles
- Manchester-New York (Newark)
It therefore means Edinburgh loses three United routes this summer.
This is hardly a surprise seeing as the Festival has been cancelled and the former attracts many US travellers to the Scottish capital.
Nowadays a big airport would attempt to earn a major proportion of its revenue from concession fees, tax and duty-free shopping and so on (rather than landing fees alone).
In a statement emailed to Business Traveller, United was prepared to discuss only UK schedules between May 3 and June 4, “We continue to adjust our schedules to address the significant decrease in demand resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.”
However United continued, “We confirm that the seasonal services to Edinburgh have been suspended.”
Details of other United route suspensions can be found here: