After a five-year absence, United Airlines has announced it is returning to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. Beginning Feb. 1, 2021, the carrier will offer daily flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco from JFK on a reconfigured Boeing 767-300 ER with expanded premium seating.
Ankit Gupta, vice president of network planning and scheduling, said the move “really reflects our strong commitment to the New York City area.”
The airline views this as an opportunity to attract new customers, according to Josh Earnest, United’s chief communications officer. The service gives those customers who prefer JFK and fly from there regularly a chance to try something different.
He added that the more people experience air travel amidst the pandemic, and all the things the airline is doing to keep them safe, the more they gain confidence to travel.
Earnest said the carrier does not anticipate having to recall furloughed employees, as the return to JFK was already incorporated into a prior staffing plan.