United Airlines to End Service at Easterwood Airport
Airline’s decision would be ‘devastating’ to A&M System
Information courtesy of the Texas A&M University System
United Airlines’ surprising decision to end its scheduled flights through Easterwood Airport after January 3, 2022 would be “devastating” to The Texas A&M University System, Chancellor John Sharp said Wednesday.
“We’re doing everything we can to get them to change their mind,” Chancellor Sharp said.
John W. Clanton, president of the Easterwood Airport Management, said he learned of United’s decision on a 12:30 p.m. call with Kevin Thompson, senior manager of United’s Domestic Network Planning.
United Airlines’ service to College Station dates at least back to the 1980s, and it currently has two flights a day to Houston. Unless the company reverses its decision, Easterwood will be left with three American Airline flights each day to Dallas-Fort Worth.
Clanton said he was caught off-guard by the decision because the airport had been seeing significant increase in boardings every month. He also said Easterwood was in discussion with the airline about a regular flight to Denver just four weeks ago.
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