United Airlines plans to end service in October at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and transfer its JFK flights to New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport, its hub. Delta Air Lines plans to acquire United's JFK slots, and United plans to acquire slots from Delta in Newark. Each transaction is subject to regulatory approval.
The airline will fly up to 17 daily round trips from Newark to San Francisco and up to 15 daily round trips from Newark to Los Angeles, leading the industry with a total of up to 10,000 round-trip seats offered per day on the two combined key transcontinental routes.
In conjunction with this move, United will bring its "p.s. Premium Service" to Newark. All regularly scheduled Newark-Los Angeles and Newark-San Francisco flights will offer flatbed seats in the United BusinessFirst cabin, premium in-flight service, more extra-legroom Economy Plus seats, and in-flight Wi-Fi and personal on-demand entertainment with individual seatback monitors and power ports for customers in every row.
With the addition of p.s. service at Newark Liberty, United customers flying on transcontinental flights to and from Newark in the BusinessFirst cabin will, for the first time, enjoy flatbed seats for their entire journey when connecting to and from flights across United's trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific networks.
"The introduction of p.s. to Newark Liberty, the New York/Newark region's premier airport, offers Los Angeles and San Francisco travelers the highest levels of service in the air and on the ground," says Jim Compton, United's vice chairman and chief revenue officer. "We are investing in the three critical components of the travel experience for our customers -- our network, our product, and our facilities."
JFK is operated by the Port Authority. It is one of the largest airports in the country with six operating terminals and more than 125 aircraft gates. In 2013, JFK surpassed 50 million annual passengers for the first time in its history, according to the Port Authority.
The airline will maintain its service at New York's LaGuardia Airport.