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United cuts schedules in Newark by 12% this summer

(CNN) — United Airlines cuts daily domestic flights from busy Newark Hub by 12% on Thursday due to traffic jams I announced that.

The cut will start in July and will have about 50 flights per day.

Newark is an important New York junction in United's flight network and one of the most delayed and canceled airports in the United States.

Executive John Reutman said in a message to employees shared with CNN that rescheduling "minimizes excessive delays and improves on-time performance. It should help. Not just our customers, but everyone flying in Newark. "

United CEO Scott Kirby recently told CNN's Richard Quest: increase. Blue sky days and air traffic control are understaffed, so there are more flights than the airport can handle.

United is currently fighting blame with several airlines, including Spirit, for airport congestion. In a letter to the FAA in May, United claimed that other airlines over-scheduled their peak flights and "caused the crisis with EWR."

Spirit responded with a claim that United retains a "virtual monopoly in Newark."

The Federal Aviation Administration does not manage takeoff and landing slots in Newark to the extent that it does at some of the other busiest airports in the United States. .. United said it was exempt from the FAA "for the rest of the summer" to protect future rights at the airport.

United said it has staff to support the schedule and plans to "return to the full schedule from Newark as soon as possible."

United is the latest of several US airlines coordinating summer schedules. Last month, Delta announced that it would reduce100 flights a dayfrom this summer's schedule. JetBlue and Alaska Airlines have also reduced their flights.

With the increase in demand this summer, there is growing concern about the disruption of air travel.

Secretary of Transportation Pete Butigeg recently asked airline executives in a private conversation to confirm flight schedules withto mitigate the effects of summer flight cancellations. I urged you to take other steps to do so.