United Flies to JFK for the First Time Since 2015, Taking Advantage of Pandemic Lull

United Airlines on Sunday flew to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport for the first time in more than five years as the carrier takes advantage of a lull in air travel to snag space at the once-congested airport.

United’s JFK service kicked off with a 7:30 a.m. PT flight from Los Angeles International Airport and a 9:30 a.m. PT flight from its San Francisco International Airport hub. Both were operated with a Boeing 767-300.

The JFK-San Francisco flight departed at about 5:30 p.m. ET and the Los Angeles-bound flight left just after 7 p.m. ET. Both westbound flights were full and the eastbound flights had about 85% of the 167 seats taken, a spokesman said.

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