Hobby decision prompts cuts at United’s Houston hub
By Airlineberg Reporter - Fri Jun 01, 9:48 am
United Airlines will not launch its planned nonstop flight between Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Auckland, New Zealand, in response to the local city council’s approval of a new international terminal at Houston Hobby Airport that is championed by Southwest Airlines.
The Chicago-based airline had planned to launch the once daily Auckland service with a 219-seat Boeing 787-8 in late 2012, subject to delivery of the aircraft. It would have been the airline’s second route on the aircraft after Intercontinental to Lagos, which was launched on a Boeing 777-200 in November 2011, is shifted to a 787 later this year.
United claimed the Intercontinental to Auckland route was only economically feasible with the 787.
The Houston city council approved the terminal project by a 16-1 margin yesterday, despite threats by United to cut capacity and jobs at Intercontinental. Dallas-based Southwest wants the facility so that it can launch new international service to the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America from Hobby.
By: EDWARD RUSSELL
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