United Airlines suspends flights from San Diego to Los Angeles

By the end of October, United Airlines will cease nonstop service between San Diego and Los Angeles, the airline confirmed Thursday.

While offering no specific reason why flights will be halted, a United spokesperson said a number of factors go into making such decisions, including demand and resources.

“We regularly review our schedules and make adjustments as needed,” said United’s Maddie King. “We will continue to serve other routes including Denver, Newark/New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, Houston and San Francisco.”

The last service date between the two cities is Oct. 28, leaving Delta Air Lines as the only remaining carrier offering nonstop service to Los Angeles.

Passenger numbers for the United route last year suggest demand may have lagged, although air travel in 2021 is still below normal due to the pandemic. According to figures provided by San Diego Airport, 71,620 passengers took United flights between San Diego and Los Angeles last year. The total seat capacity on the flights was 108,920, which translates to a load factor of 66%.

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