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United adds new routes at some hubs, will downsize another
United Airlines announced plans to add new routes from some hubs, although it will reportedly eliminate some service from one of its major airports.
The company said it plans to add two new international routes from its San Francisco International hub next spring, beginning daily service between SFO-Taiwan on April 9, 2013, and SFO-Paris CDG on April 11. Both routes are subject to government approvals. United said it will use a 777 on the Taiwan route, offering first class, business class, Economy Plus and regular economy seating; and a 767-300 on the Paris run, with BusinessFirst, Economy Plus and regular economy options.
Other new routes in United’s plans include Chicago O’Hare to Monterrey, Mexico, due to start December 19 with two-cabin CRJ700s; daily CRJ200 flights between O’Hare and Thunder Bay, Ontario as of February 14, 2013; weekly O’Hare-Nassau, Bahamas service beginning February 9, 2013, with a CRJ700; daily O’Hare-Jackson, Miss., flights beginning November 4 with Embraer 145s; and holiday service (December 19 to January 2) from O’Hare to Anchorage, Alaska with a 737-800.
United customers at O’Hare can look forward to some ground improvements as well. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that this month, United is expected to start using new boarding bridges at Terminal 2 for United Express regional aircraft; currently, passengers must walk across the tarmac to those planes. In all, 10 boarding bridges are due to be installed by mid-2013. In addition, the newspaper said United is spending $10 million to build a new 12,500-square-foot United Club in Terminal 2 – three times the size of the existing facility.
From other hubs, United plans a November 4 start for three daily flights between Denver and Williston, N.D. – a new hotbed of energy production – with Embraer 145s; a December 19 launch for Los Angeles-Kelowna, British Columbia service with CRJ700s; and a December 19 start for daily service between Washington Dulles and San Salvador, El Salvador with a 737-800.
Meanwhile, media in Houston are reporting that United will discontinue its service between Houston Bush Intercontinental and Paris as of October 8. When United was fighting to keep Southwest Airlines from winning approval to begin international flights out of Houston Hobby, it had warned that if city officials approved Southwest’s plan – and they did -- it would downsize its own operations at IAH, and now that is starting to happen.
Besides dropping the Paris route, United will reportedly end service this fall from Houston to Waco, Tex.; Greensboro and Asheville, N.C.; Aruba; and Toluca, Mazatlan and Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico.