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United Airlines dropping Elmira, N.Y., from its route map

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  1. vegli

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    United Airlines will discontinue service at the Elmira Corning Regional Airport in April. (Photo: FILE PHOTO)

    United Airlines is pulling out of the Elmira Corning Regional Airport in western New York. The carrier’s last flight there will be April 4.

    "I was obviously very disappointed. The airport is a major asset to the region," Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli tells the Star-Gazette of Elmira. "We're always trying to advance service opportunities. (United) did a trial run to see what the service would be. Their load factor was only in the 40% range.”

    The Elmira Corning airport is about 20 miles north of New York’s border with Pennsylvania, sitting near a part of the Keystone State that has prospered financially in recent years from natural gas production around the Marcellus Shale formation. But that momentum has slowed during the past year amid a global decline in fuel prices.

    “When United came, they believed the natural gas industry was hot in northern Pennsylvania,” Santulli says to the Star-Gazette. “They saw that as a great opportunity. Obviously that didn't pan out. They didn't do as much corporate business as they thought."

    United first began flying from Elmira-Corning in 2014, with the Star-Gazette saying the carrier “landed in the … area two years ago with high expectations.” United had offered up to two daily United Express round-trip flights to its hub at Chicago O’Hare. The current service is on Embraer RJ145 regional jets.

    United first revealed plans for the Elmira route in September 2013, detailing the flights as part of an announcement for three new destinations that also included State College, Pa., and Topeka, Kansas. Once the Elmira flights end, only State College will remain. The Topeka flights ended just nine months after they began.


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