May route roundup: Where airlines are adding (or…


Airlines constantly tweak their schedules, trying to find profitable new routes or pulling the plug on ones that have underperformed. Airports and communities court these new services.

There are dozens of changes to airline routes each month. Here’s a look at some of the most interesting:

United ‘maximizing’ routes at Newark, Washington hubs

United Airlines announced changes to about two dozen routes as it adjusts schedules at its main East Coast hubs in New York and Washington. United described the move as one that would allow it to “maximize” operations at those locations.


At its hub at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty, United will add additional flights on 15 routes it already flies from there. Newark is one of the three major airports serving metro New York City. United also will add a new seasonal route from Newark to Palm Springs, Calif., and will transition its Newark-Key West, Fla.,service from seasonal to year-round.

As it does that, United will make room in its schedule at Newark which is capacity controlled by shifting three routes to its hub at Washington Dulles and by dropping four others to cities United already serves from other cities.


The three cities that will see their United service switch to Washington from Newark are Chattanooga, Tenn.; Ithaca, N.Y.; and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The four cities losing non-stop Newark service will be Baltimore; Des Moines, Iowa; Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Hartford, Conn. United will still serve all four of those destinations from other hubs.

The schedule adjustments are designed to offer more non-stop flights to destinations popular with New York area customers while reallocating largely connecting passenger flights on short-haul routes to Uniteds hub at Washington-Dulles, United said in a statement explaining the changes.


BY THE NUMBERS:The fleet and hubs of United Airlines(story continues below)

FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInThe fleet and hubs of United Airlines FullscreenPost to FacebookPosted!

A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.

A United Airlines Boeing 787-8 taxies for departure A United Airlines Boeing 787-8 taxies for departure at Denver International Airport in July 2013.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenThis image provided by United shows the carrier's first This image provided by United shows the carrier’s first Boeing 777-300ER widebody jet.  United Airlines/Tim StakeFullscreenA United Airlines Boeing 737-700 taxies to the gate A United Airlines Boeing 737-700 taxies to the gate after arriving at Fukuoka Airport in Fukuoka, Japan, in January 2015.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenA United Airlines Boeing 737-800, painted in a special A United Airlines Boeing 737-800, painted in a special Star Alliance livery, takes off from Reagan National Airport in May 2015.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenA United Express Embraer E145 regional jet lands at A United Express Embraer E145 regional jet lands at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport in June 2015.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenA United Express Bombardier CRJ-700 regional jet lands A United Express Bombardier CRJ-700 regional jet lands at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport in June 2015.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenA United Express Embraer E170 jet prepares for departure A United Express Embraer E170 jet prepares for departure from Chicago O’Hare International Airport in June 2015.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenA United Airlines Boeing 767-400 takes off from Seattle-Tacoma A United Airlines Boeing 767-400 takes off from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in September 2015.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenUnited Airlines jets line Terminal 7 at Los Angeles United Airlines jets line Terminal 7 at Los Angeles International Airport on Nov. 8, 2015.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenA United Airlines Boeing 757-200 takes off from sunny A United Airlines Boeing 757-200 takes off from sunny Los Angeles International Airport in November 2015.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenA United Airlines Bombardier CRJ-200 lands at Reno-Tahoe A United Airlines Bombardier CRJ-200 lands at Reno-Tahoe Airport on Feb. 14, 2016.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenA United Airlines Boeing 737-900 rests at a gate at A United Airlines Boeing 737-900 rests at a gate at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on March 12, 2016.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenFresh spring foliage bids farewell to a United Express Fresh spring foliage bids farewell to a United Express Embraer E170 as it departs Chicago O’Hare International Airport in April 2016.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenUnited Express tails line a terminal pier at Chicago United Express tails line a terminal pier at Chicago O’Hare International Airport in April 2016.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenUnited Airlines jets taxi through Chicago O'Hare International United Airlines jets taxi through Chicago O’Hare International Airport in April 2016.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenA United Airlines Boeing 767-300 lands at Amsterdam A United Airlines Boeing 767-300 lands at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in August 2016.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenA United Airlines Boeing 767-300 lands at Amsterdam A United Airlines Boeing 767-300 lands at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in August 2016.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenA United Airlines Boeing 787-9 takes off from Los Angeles A United Airlines Boeing 787-9 takes off from Los Angeles International Airport on Sept. 24, 2016.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenA United Airlines Boeing 747-400 takes off from San A United Airlines Boeing 747-400 takes off from San Francisco International Airport in October 2016.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenA United Airlines Boeing 757-300 lands at San Francisco A United Airlines Boeing 757-300 lands at San Francisco International Airport in October 2016.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenA United Airlines Boeing 747-400 lands at San Francisco A United Airlines Boeing 747-400 lands at San Francisco International Airport in October 2016.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenA United Airlines Boeing 777-200 - painted in a special A United Airlines Boeing 777-200 – painted in a special Star Alliance livery – lands at San Francisco International Airport in October 2016.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenA United Airlines Airbus A319 taxis at San Francisco A United Airlines Airbus A319 taxis at San Francisco International Airport in October 2016.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenA United Airlines Boeing 777-200 taxies for departure A United Airlines Boeing 777-200 taxies for departure from Chicago O’Hare International Airport in November 2016.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenA United Airlines Airbus A320 departs Canada's Vancouver A United Airlines Airbus A320 departs Canada’s Vancouver International Airport in December 2016.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, special for USA TODAYFullscreenThe new Polaris business-class cabin as seen on United The new Polaris business-class cabin as seen on United Airlines’ first Boeing 777-300ER widebody jet.  United AirlinesFullscreenChicago's Oak Street Beach and downtown skyline are Chicago’s Oak Street Beach and downtown skyline are seen in this undated photo. Chicago is United’s busiest hub (by passengers).  Patrick L. Pyszka, City of ChicagoFullscreenChicago's skyline is seen as a United Airlines jet Chicago’s skyline is seen as a United Airlines jet takes off from Chicago O’Hare on Sept. 19, 2014. In the distance is the Willis (Sears) Tower that’s home to United’s official headquarters.  Scott Olson, Getty ImagesFullscreenAn aerial view of the downtown Houston skyline from An aerial view of the downtown Houston skyline from October 2014. Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport is United’s second-biggest hub (by passengers).  Kirby Lee, USA TODAY SportsFullscreenA United Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off  within view A United Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off within view of the Houston skyline. Houston Bush Intercontinental is United’s second-busiest hub (by passengers).  James Nielsen, APFullscreenThe Manhattan skyline can be seen from Terminal C at The Manhattan skyline can be seen from Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport, which is United’s third-busiest hub (by passengers).  Julio Cortez, APFullscreenTravelers ride on the AirTrain at Newark Liberty International Travelers ride on the AirTrain at Newark Liberty International Airport, which is United’s third-busiest hub (by passengers).  Julio Cortez, APFullscreenThe iconic roof structure at Denver International Airport, The iconic roof structure at Denver International Airport, which is United’s fourth-biggest hub (by passengers).  Arina Habich, Getty Images/iStockphotoFullscreenA new 23-mile electric commuter rail line will link A new 23-mile electric commuter rail line will link Denver’s airport to downtown. Denver is United’s fourth-biggest hub (by passengers).  Denver International AirportFullscreenThe Golden Gate Bridge is seen with the city of San The Golden Gate Bridge is seen with the city of San Francisco behind it. San Francisco is United’s fifth-biggest hub (by passengers).  Scott Chernis PhotographyFullscreenA United Airlines maintenance hangar is seen at San A United Airlines maintenance hangar is seen at San Francisco International, the carrier’s fifth biggest hub by passengers.  Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAYFullscreenThe distinctive main terminal building of Washington The distinctive main terminal building of Washington Dulles is seen in October 2014. Dulles is United’s sixth-busiest hub (by passengers).  Mark Wilson, Getty ImagesFullscreenLos Angeles International Airport -- and it's iconic Los Angeles International Airport — and it’s iconic LAX sign — are seen in October 2013. LAX is United’s seventh-busiest hub (by passengers).  AFP/Getty ImagesFullscreenAn shot of the National Mall and the iconic buildings An shot of the National Mall and the iconic buildings of Washington, D.C. Washington’s Dulles airport is United’s sixth-busiest hub (by passengers).  Ron Edmonds, APFullscreenThe skyline of downtown Los Angeles is seen in December The skyline of downtown Los Angeles is seen in December 2016. LAX is United’s seventh-busiest hub (by passengers).  EPAFullscreenThe skyline of central Tokyo. United Airlines count's The skyline of central Tokyo. United Airlines count’s Tokyo’s Narita Airport as one of its hubs.  Yoshikazu Tsuno, AFP/Getty ImagesFullscreenUnited Airlines counts Guam as a hub for its major United Airlines counts Guam as a hub for its major presence in the Pacific and Micronesia. Here, a beach area of Guam is seen in an October 2015 photo.  mjf795, Getty Images/iStockphotoFullscreenLike this topic? You may also like these photo galleries:ReplayA United Airlines Boeing 787-8 taxies for departure1 of 42This image provided by United shows the carrier's first2 of 42A United Airlines Boeing 737-700 taxies to the gate3 of 42A United Airlines Boeing 737-800, painted in a special4 of 42A United Express Embraer E145 regional jet lands at5 of 42A United Express Bombardier CRJ-700 regional jet lands6 of 42A United Express Embraer E170 jet prepares for departure7 of 42A United Airlines Boeing 767-400 takes off from Seattle-Tacoma8 of 42United Airlines jets line Terminal 7 at Los Angeles9 of 42A United Airlines Boeing 757-200 takes off from sunny10 of 42A United Airlines Bombardier CRJ-200 lands at Reno-Tahoe11 of 42A United Airlines Boeing 737-900 rests at a gate at12 of 42Fresh spring foliage bids farewell to a United Express13 of 42United Express tails line a terminal pier at Chicago14 of 42United Airlines jets taxi through Chicago O'Hare International15 of 42A United Airlines Boeing 767-300 lands at Amsterdam16 of 42A United Airlines Boeing 767-300 lands at Amsterdam17 of 42A United Airlines Boeing 787-9 takes off from Los Angeles18 of 42A United Airlines Boeing 747-400 takes off from San19 of 42A United Airlines Boeing 757-300 lands at San Francisco20 of 42A United Airlines Boeing 747-400 lands at San Francisco21 of 42A United Airlines Boeing 777-200 - painted in a special22 of 42A United Airlines Airbus A319 taxis at San Francisco23 of 42A United Airlines Boeing 777-200 taxies for departure24 of 42A United Airlines Airbus A320 departs Canada's Vancouver25 of 42The new Polaris business-class cabin as seen on United26 of 42Chicago's Oak Street Beach and downtown skyline are27 of 42Chicago's skyline is seen as a United Airlines jet28 of 42An aerial view of the downtown Houston skyline from29 of 42A United Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off  within view30 of 42The Manhattan skyline can be seen from Terminal C at31 of 42Travelers ride on the AirTrain at Newark Liberty International32 of 42The iconic roof structure at Denver International Airport,33 of 42A new 23-mile electric commuter rail line will link34 of 42The Golden Gate Bridge is seen with the city of San35 of 42A United Airlines maintenance hangar is seen at San36 of 42The distinctive main terminal building of Washington37 of 42Los Angeles International Airport -- and it's iconic38 of 42An shot of the National Mall and the iconic buildings39 of 42The skyline of downtown Los Angeles is seen in December40 of 42The skyline of central Tokyo. United Airlines count's41 of 42United Airlines counts Guam as a hub for its major42 of 42AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide


American: Less China, more Caribbean

American Airlines rolled out a wide-ranging set of route adjustments that will see the carrier bolster service to Hawaii and the Caribbean and suspend a major route to China.

The changes bring new Caribbean routes to four of Americans hubs, including four from Chicago OHare (Aruba;Cayman Islands;Nassau, Bahamas; and Turks and Caicos) and two from Charlotte (Eleuthera and Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas). Miami and Dallas/Fort Worth (Aruba) each get one new Caribbean route, though Miamis is the only one that introduces a new destination to Americans route map: St. Vincent and the Grenadines. American says that Saturday-only route will make it the only U.S. carrier to fly to the Caribbean island nation, which opened a new airport in 2017.


Additionally, Chicago OHare will gain a seasonal wintertime route to Honolulu, which American plans to fly with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner widebody jets. That daily service will launch Dec. 19, restoring a route American last flew in 2014.

American also revealed plans to suspend its high-profile service between Chicago OHare and Beijing in October. The last Beijing-bound flight will depart Chicago on Oct. 20 with the return leaving China for Chicago on Oct. 22.

BY THE NUMBERS:The fleet and hubs of American Airlines(story continues below)

FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInThe fleet and hubs of American Airlines FullscreenPost to FacebookPosted!


A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.

The tail of an American Airlines Boeing 777 peeks out The tail of an American Airlines Boeing 777 peeks out of a hangar at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Oct. 14, 2016.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, Special for USA TODAYFullscreenTwo American Airlines Boeing 757 tails pass one another Two American Airlines Boeing 757 tails pass one another at Chicago O’Hare International Airport in June 2015.  Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, Special for USA TODAYFullscreen

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *