Due to a regional pilot shortage, Ithaca Tompkins International Airport is losing its daily service to Dulles Airport in Washington, DC in May.
14850.com reports United Airlines resumed that daily service last June, only to have to announce the end of the route this week. It’s numerous flights to smaller airports United says it will cancel. Instead, United will offer daily service to Newark, which is a hub for many airlines. United CEO Scott Kirby told a Senate hearing recently the airline’s regional partners have grounded over a hundred 50-seat regional jets, because they don’t have enough pilots to fly them.
United previously switched its Ithaca service from Newark to Dulles in 2018, then suspended it entirely in early 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last summer, American Airlines dropped its Ithaca to Philadelphia service, adding more flights to Charlotte.
Since June 3rd, United has offered two daily Ithaca to Dulles flights on weekdays and one each on Saturday and Sunday.
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