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Merry Christmas from United

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Jan. 4, 2008 at 9:07 am with No Comments »
January 4, 2008 9:07 am

The figures are in and for those who took United Airlines to their holiday destinations, it wasn’t a very merry Christmas.


Between Dec. 23 and Dec. 31, United canceled 1,031 flights according to FlightStats.com. And while the daily pace of cancellations has slowed, United was still canceling dozens of flights a day in the new year.


Tuesday it canceled 78 flights and Wednesday a similar number.


American Airlines, which has a hub at snowy Chicago just as United, canceled one-fourth that number of flights.


United said weather at its other major hub, Denver, added to the complication.


But United’s pilots union said the Chicago-based United is just too thinly staffed to recover when the weather throws its a curve ball.

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