This winter, Chicago-based carrier United Airlines is cutting several routes from its hub at Chicago O’Hare International Airport to the West Coast. The routes cut were last served in 2022 and were due to relaunch in January 2024.
Cutting domestic routes from O’Hare
United Airlines had planned on relaunching several new routes this upcoming winter. Beginning on January 9, the airline was set to start service from Chicago O’Hare to Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT), Spokane International Airport (GEG), and Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO). United Airlines had previously operated all three routes, but service to these three airports ended in September 2022.
However, based on data provided by Cirium, the airline has seemingly cut the beginning of the service. Before this week, United Airlines had 138 flights from O’Hare to these airports in January and 174 in February. However, as of today, all these flights have been cut from the United Airlines schedule. In January alone, there were 23 round-trip services each to these three destinations. This is a loss of over 17,000 seats in January and nearly 22,000 in February.
Based on the Cirium data, the airline will look to begin service in March of next year. However, the airline still cut flights from its earlier projections. United had scheduled 186 flights in March, 180 in April, and 186 in May to these three airports combined. However, the airline will now offer 50 flights in March and 60 flights in April. United will look to match its earlier projections in May by offering 182 flights, only cutting four from that month. Overall, this removes 17,000 seats from these three routes in March, 15,000 in April, and just 500 in May.