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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

United Airlines cancels non-stop NY-BA flight

By Fermín Koop
Herald Staff

Buenos Aires passengers flying to the United States will soon have one fewer option to choose from as United Airlines will be cancelling its daily direct flight to the New York area starting on September 29.

The decision was made due to a low demand and the company will now only have one flight daily to Houston, United said yesterday.

“United Airlines confirms that it will discontinue its non-stop service between Buenos Aires and the Newark Liberty International Airport starting on September 29. The airline will continue operating its daily direct service between Buenos Aires and Houston,” an official told the Herald.

Passengers that had flights already booked will be offered alternative flights or refunds, according to the company. Due to United’s decision, now American Airlines will be the only airline that connects Buenos Aires directly with the New York area.

“United has carefully considered the viability of this route and reached the conclusion that there isn’t enough demand in the market to keep having this non-stop service,” the US company explained.

The decision to cancel the flight route was taken in the US and confirmed to United offices in Buenos Aires last week.

United began its daily flight between Newark and Buenos Aires in April 2012 to have “a direct connection between two important business and tourism centres of the Americas,” John Slater, Sales vice-president of the company, said then. United also had a direct flight from Buenos Aires to Washington DC but the company cancelled it last year.

Although travel agencies expressed surprise by the news of the cancelled route, several agreed that demand has been declining.

“United’s decision must be related to the continuous decrease in demand we have been witnessing,” Humberto Lavezollo, an agency owner, told the Herald. “United’s flight has been popular through the years but now fewer people are flying. American is offering important discounts because they cannot sell all their tickets.”

Agency owners also related the decrease in demand to the decision to apply a 20 percent surcharge to tourism purchases taken by the federal government.

“Ever since the measure began there has been a drop in sales to foreign destinations,” an agency owner who declined to be identified said. “The alternaive would be the local market but it’s also really expensive.”

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