United realigns its East Coast regional network due to a regional pilot shortage

United Airlines is being forced to realign its East Coast United Express services due to an on-going regional pilot shortage made worst by COVID.

According to Skift Airline Weekly and The Points Guy, United is dropping 11 regional routes in March 2022 from the Washington Dulles hub (IAD) while others will be shifted to the Newark hub (EWR). No markets will be completely dropped as some routes to the Chicago O’Hare (ORD) or Newark (EWR) will continue.

Routes dropped from IAD:

Akron/Canton (continues from ORD)

Asheville (continues from EWR)

Bangor (continues from EWR)

Erie (continues from ORD)

Grand Rapids (continues from EWR)

Greensboro (continues from EWR)

Greenville/Spartanburg (continues from EWR)

Harrisburg (shifted to EWR)

Ithaca (shifted to EWR)

Milwaukee (continues from EWR)

Philadelphia (shifted to EWR)

Scranton/Wilkes Barre (shifted to EWR)

State College, PA (shifted to EWR)

Wilmington, NC (continues from EWR)

United’s regional partners:

Previously United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby announced at a Senate hearing its United Express partners had grounded over 100 regional aircraft due to the on-going pilot shortage.

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