United Airlines is apparently adding non-hub service between New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Raleigh-Durham starting with the winter season schedule this year; first flights are on 30 October 2016. The new service is loaded into the timetable and bookable now, though the company has not made a formal announcement that I’ve seen.
United will be competing with both American Airlines (8x daily) and Delta (5x daily) on the route. And it offers zero connecting flow for United at either end. In that context it seems a strange route to add, both from a fleet utilization/routing perspective and a service demand perspective. But here we are.
Also unclear is where United is getting the slots to operate the service. A quick scan of the timetable shows 37 peak daily departures from LaGuardia for the company this summer:
- ORD – 15
- DEN – 6
- IAH – 8
- CLE – 6
- IAD – 2
Looking at the winter schedule those frequencies all appear to still be intact. Something will have to give to add these three new flights, however. I’m betting it is ORD or CLE or some combination thereof. I could also see LGA-IAD service getting scrubbed completely.
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