FlyerTalk has announced United Airlines has informed its two regional feeder airlines, ExpressJet and CommutAir, that one of the two carriers will be cut from United´s network, the company said.
United´s cuts will make the airline smaller post COVID-19. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, United was one of several airlines expanding its footprint across the United States. Much of the growth was through smaller regional airlines operating under the brand name of a mainline carrier. ExpressJet and CommutAir were both part of that growth, operating regional jets feeding into United hubs, operating as United Express.
Despite holding a minority stake in both carriers, United is now trimming its network in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The loss of one regional carrier moves inline with United´s planned staff cuts. In July 2020, the Chicago-based carrier sent furlough notices to 36,000 employees, citing the need to reduce staff once they are allowed to by the CARES Act.