ROCHESTER, Minn. – United Airlines says it is temporarily suspending flights out of Rochester International Airport.
The airline says the suspension will begin July 6 and last through September 30.
United says this move is being taken under the 2020 CARES Act passed by Congress to assist many businesses suffering from the coronavirus-induced lockdowns affecting much of the American economy. Under the Act, the U.S. Department of Transportation can authorize airlines to suspend flights in selected markets based on demand.
United says it has received such authorization.
It’s difficult to hear the news that United Airlines has had to make this decision to suspend service to RST,” said John Reed, executive director of the Rochester International Airport. “Since March, the airline industry has experienced a 90% drop in air travel across the globe. We fully acknowledge the unprecedented economic burden COVID-19 has had on all of our airline partners. We understand this was not an easy decision for United Airlines to make. We remain hopeful they will reinstate services when the overall demand for air travel begins to improve.”