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United airline cuts local flights

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Officials with the City of Presque Isle announced that United Airlines has reduced its service in all areas, including at the Presque Isle International Airport.

From Wednesday, April 1, up to and including Tuesday, April 14, there will be one departure and one arrival for the airport per day. A flight will depart Presque Isle at 6 a.m. and arrive in Newark, New Jersey, at 8:16 a.m. The return flight will leave Newark at 9:35 p.m. and arrive in Presque Isle at 11:30 p.m.

According to Kimberly Smith, Presque Isle resource development and public information officer, this is a 42 percent  cut in the capacity at Presque Isle.  

“Presque Isle International Airport is being told that United has taken this step in all of their Essential Air Service markets.  As of March 27, across United’s entire network they are removing 52 percent of their capacity for April.  JetBlue is removing 55 percent.  Delta is removing 80 percent.  American is removing 60 percent,” Smith said.

Schedules can change without notice, so Smith urged passengers to check with the airline prior to departure to confirm the schedule, either online or on the United app. 

Those who held a reservation on one of the flights that has been eliminated from the schedule should contact the airline closer to the date of their trip, or change their plans online or on the app.

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