United Airlines ending services to Destin-Fort Walton Beach

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — United Airlines tells WKRG News 5 they’ll finish routes to and from Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) in March of 2022.

The firm despatched the next assertion:

Due to adjustments within the long-term sustainability of this explicit route, United will finish service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach in March 2022. We are working with clients impacted by the change to assist them make alternate plans.

 It’s vital to notice that many alternative elements decide a profitable route and our selections embody cautious analysis of our general community, fleet, sources at our regional companions and yields. With that in thoughts, we’ve got decided that this explicit route is just not sustainable for the long-term.

United is a longstanding airline at VPS that gives nonstop flights to Houston, Chicago and Denver.
In current months, travel records present United having the least quantity of enterprise at VPS out of the 5 airways in operation.

The newest report in November of 2021 exhibits United hosted 3% of all flights out and in of VPS. Without the December numbers, United had 120,000 passengers in 2021, in contrast to newly contracted Southwest Airlines with 238,000. 

Southwest started service to VPS in May of 2021. Previously, United held 12% of the flights. That dropped to 7% after Southwest started working.

Tracey Stage, A.A.E. Airports Director at VPS had the next solutions to WKRG News 5 questions:

  • When did VPS get phrase of United Airlines planning to finish service? Prior to Christmas Day.
  • What is the impression of United leaving for the airport? None.
  • Will the shortage of flights from United have an effect on vacationers planning 2022 holidays to the realm? Not in any respect.
  • Are there any talks to substitute with one other airline quickly or broaden one other service? We shall see. 
  • Will this impression the present building on the airport? No. 
  • How many flights did United function to and from VPS yearly? What was their financial impression? 3 flights a day on common. Lowest market share at VPS. 

United Airlines wouldn’t say in the event that they plan to reopen service to VPS, however despatched this to WKRG News 5:

As we do with all markets, we’ll proceed to consider the feasibility of returning primarily based on the operational and monetary surroundings.


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