United Airlines cuts Manchester to New York route

Jun 23, 2020

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United Airlines is axing one of its U.K. routes. The airline won’t be returning to Manchester Airport (MAN) for this autumn or beyond.

While the Manchester (MAN) to New York (EWR) route was originally set to resume on 24 October 2020, according to RoutesOnline, in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis, the route was pulled from United’s site. Additionally, the route was pulled from the airline’s summer 2021 schedule.

A spokesperson for United Airlines confirmed to TPG that the carrier is cutting its Manchester to Newark (EWR) route.

“Due to the decrease in demand resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, United will not resume its daily service between Manchester and New York/Newark”, the airline said in a statement

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The route last operated on 20 March from Manchester to Newark as flight UA80. When United operated the route pre-coronavirus crisis, it used a Boeing 767-300ER, which has 30 lie-flat seats in business class and 184 seats in economy.

The airline said that customers who had purchased tickets between Manchester and Newark will be offered alternative flight options where possible or a refund.

Although United has left Manchester, the airline still services London Heathrow. The airline said that it will continue serving London Heathrow with daily service to both New York (EWR) and Chicago (ORD).

Additionally, beginning 7 July, the airline will operate a daily service between LHR and Washington, D.C. (IAD).

Manchester has become another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic, as it loses transatlantic service with United. Industry experts and airline executives have stated that airlines will need to come out of the pandemic much smaller than before, such as a reduced route network.

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