United Reduces Its International Schedules By 95%

United Airlines is in the process of suspending most of its international services, including all flights to Europe, Canada, and Latin America except Mexico.

The airline is ending most Pacific flying, including services to Australia. Japan is not mentioned, so some flights there should continue. The international schedule is available on United’s website on Sunday.

You can access United’s website here.

Here’s the announcement:

United continues to aggressively manage the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on our employees, our customers and our business. Due to government mandates or restrictions in place prohibiting travel, the airline is reducing its international schedule by 95% for April. The revised international schedule will be viewable on united.com on Sunday, March 22:

Atlantic

  • United is drawing down its remaining trans-Atlantic operation. The final westbound departures will take place on March 25, with the exception of its Cape TownNew York/Newark service which will operate as previously scheduled with the last flight departing Cape Town on March 28.

Pacific

  • United will reduce its remaining trans-Pacific operation starting March 22, with final eastbound departures on March 25, with the exception of service between San Francisco and Tahiti and San Francisco and Sydney which will have final returns to San Francisco on March 28.
  • United will maintain some Guam flights as well as a portion of its Island Hopper service.

Latin America

  • United will reduce its Mexico operation over the next five days. After March 24, it will only maintain a small number of daytime flights to certain destinations in Mexico.
  • United will draw down its remaining Central and South America operations. The last southbound departures will take place March 24.

Canada

  • United will temporarily suspend all flying to Canada effective April 1.

In destinations where government actions have barred us from flying, we are actively looking for ways to bring customers who have been impacted by travel restrictions back to the United States. This includes working with the U.S. State Department and the local governments to gain permission to operate service.

Conclusion

Many airlines are in the process of suspending their operations entirely for a couple of months, hoping to bring them back online the coronavirus pandemic peak is over. Whether they will stay grounded for good remains to be seen.

United continues minimal domestic services.

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