United Airlines said on Friday it will suspend service in late October to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK).
Recently, United had taken steps to make the move if the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) didn't allow the air carrier extra flights.
The airline officially declared plans Friday to leave JFK in late October when service will be suspended on daily flights from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
United has been flying just twice daily to San Francisco and Los Angeles from JFK, the most active New York-area airport, in the wake of continuing service in 2021.
"Given our current, too-small-to-be-competitive schedule out of JFK — coupled with the start of the Winter season where more airlines will operate their slots as they resume JFK flying — United has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend service at JFK," United said. The airline didn't determine when it could continue service.
United said its "discussions with FAA have been constructive" yet added "it's also clear that process to add additional capacity at JFK will take some time."
United said the decision would affect 100 representatives who work at JFK however emphasized that "no one is losing their job" and representatives will change to other close by stations.
United has been working to seek after extra slots - which are takeoff and landing authorizations - through the FAA and by looking for commercial agreements to obtain slots from different airlines.
The FAA said Friday it is "dedicated to doing its part to safely expand New York City airports and airspace capacity. We will follow our fair and well-established process to award future slots to increase competition."
United said without permanent slots it can't serve JFK "effectively compared to the larger schedules and more attractive flight times flown by" JetBlue Airways and American Airlines.
United in 2015 struck a long-term deal to lease 24 year-round slots at JFK to Delta Air Lines as it finished JFK service to gather at its close by Newark hub in northern New Jersey.
United contends there is space to develop at JFK, the 13th-busiest U.S. airport, on the grounds that the FAA and the Port Authority beginning around 2008 have made huge infrastructure investments, including "the widening of runways, construction of multi-entrance taxiways, and the creation of aligned high-speed turnoffs."
Coast-to-coast flights will continue at United's hub at nearby Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. United's 100 JFK workers will be offered jobs at nearby airports, as per the carrier.