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In a bid to save on pricey first-class transatlantic flights and shorten its routes, United Continental Holdings has announced it is delaying or in some cases ceasing its intercontinental operations.
The revamp comes as the Chicago-based airline faces its first round of union negotiations since 2013
United, the parent company of United Airlines, will announce which routes it will scale back in the coming weeks, but the carrier has already said it is closing its international hub in San Francisco.
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Here are a few things to know about the airline’s move:
Existing passengers will be affected. If you’re flying on a United flight that does not go beyond the upcoming winter peak season — between November 30 and March 15 — you can also expect delays, because United will have to revise its entire schedule based on capacity.
If your flight does depart from the United hub, select other airports to go to instead: Newark Airport, Chicago O’Hare, Denver and Washington Dulles are all great options.
If you’re heading to Canada and Mexico, you won’t be affected, but you may want to grab tickets well in advance.
United will remove some international routes. United will suspend service to Bermuda, Guyana, Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, Granada, Madrid, Paris Beauvais and Montreal in order to boost the airline’s domestic budget options. This way, United can potentially reduce its costs of flying passengers to those cities.