United cancels flight to Newark, adds one to Washington, DC-area

An American Airlines plane takes off from Reagan National Airport in Washington

An American Airlines plane takes off from Reagan National Airport in Washington

Chattanooga already has a flight to Washington, D.C., flying into Reagan National Airport on American Airlines.

United Airlines is canceling its direct flight from Chattanooga to Newark and adding one to Washington Dulles International Airport, officials announced Monday.

The move is part of a major expansion of destinations out of the airline's East Coast hubs in New York/Newark and Washington-Dulles, which included replacing the connections between Palm Springs and Newark with direct flights.

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"Since more of our customers begin their travel from New York/Newark than any other United hub city, we've created a more customer friendly schedule that removed connection times and provided convenient nonstop service to multiple USA destinations".

The schedule adjustments are created to offer more nonstop flights to destinations popular with NY area customers while reallocating largely connecting passenger flights on short-haul routes to United's hub at Washington-Dulles.

The flights to Dulles are new to Chattanooga and offers business and global travelers more options and convenience in flying out of Chattanooga, according to the airport.

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The new direct flight between Chattanooga and Washington Dulles begins will have two daily departures from both destinations.

"We approached these schedule adjustments with our customers in mind, knowing that we wanted to create a schedule that offers customers beginning their travel in the New York City area convenient flights to numerous business and leisure destinations they frequent the most", said Ankit Gupta, United's Domestic Network vice president. The flights will depart Chattanooga for Washington Dulles at 2:42 pm and 7:35 pm daily.

"Non-stop service to Washington Dulles dramatically increases the possibilities for our business travelers and expands convenience with more non-stop flights from the Chattanooga Airport", said Dan Jacobson, the Airport Authority's chairman.

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