A read out from an employee meeting at United details the headaches the airline is going to face at Newark over the next few months, and what that means from passengers. They’ve also detailed how they’re using the crisis to get the government to limit competition from other airlines in the Newark market.
- Newark “basically…now only has 1 usable runway for departures and arrivals” while work is being done there.
- The FAA has requested carriers limit their flying from Newark as a result. United – which has heretofore been reticent to add back New York flying given the area’s late opening and slow return to work – has “adhered to the FAA’s request to not exceed  flights.”
- However JetBlue, which is much smaller than United at Newark, is not limiting its flying.
- So United is asking the federal government to cap JetBlue’s flights at the airport.
- United will also be “proactively canceling flights out of EWR at least 24 hours in advance during construction and rerouting those customers through other hubs” and this will accelerate in the event of any bad weather forecast.
United Airlines Newark Terminal C
It may be wise to avoid Newark connections this summer, and for New York-based flyers to prefer other airports.