Edinburgh-New York flights signalled for take-off

But Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington routes from the capital cancelled for summer.

By Alastair Dalton
Friday, 24th April 2020, 10:11 pm
A United Airlines Boeing 757-200. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

United Airlines has notified its intention to resume Edinburgh to New York Newark flights from 1 July.

It told the industry flight information website Routes it planned to operate the route daily with a Boeing 757-200.

Routes listed this as: “Newark-Edinburgh eff 01JUL20 Service resumption, 1 daily 757-200”.

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However, the US airline has cancelled its daily summer service between the capital and both Chicago and Washington DC.

It has also scrapped daily summer flights between Glasgow and New York Newark.

In addition, American Airlines said it would not operate its Edinburgh-Philadelphia service this summer.

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A spokesperson for United said: “As the Covid-19 outbreak continues to severely impact international travel, United is continuing to adjust its international schedule.

“Overall, international capacity for May is reduced by 92 per cent and from the UK.

“Together with other planned seasonal summer services such as Prague, Stockholm, Palermo and Reykjavik to New York Newark, our seasonal services from Edinburgh to Chicago, Edinburgh to Washington Dulles and also Glasgow to New York Newark are cancelled for this season.”

An American Airlines spokesperson said: “American will suspend more than 60 per cent of its total international capacity this summer compared to the same peak period in 2019

“These changes are due to significantly decreased customer demand as well as government travel restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

An Edinburgh Airport spokesman said: "We stand ready to facilitate travel when required and our operations team is planning for various scenarios.

“The situation remains fluid and we continue to speak to our airline partners to understand their plans, and we will react accordingly.”

A Glasgow Airport spokesperson said: “The global aviation industry is continuing to navigate what is a constantly-evolving and unprecedented situation.

“We remain in regular contact with all of our airline partners and are working hard on our recovery plans to help facilitate a return of air services for our passengers when it is possible to do so.

“In the meantime, Glasgow Airport continues to support vital connectivity including lifeline Highlands and Islands routes, Scotland’s air ambulance service and a small number of hub-based flights used by key workers and repatriating passengers.”

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