United pulls Washington-San Salvador flight

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United Airlines will end its daily flight between Washington Dulles International airport and San Salvador, El Salvador, on 30 March, a little more than a year after launching the route.

The Chicago-based Star Alliance carrier cites a need to “improve the profitability” of its network for the decision, in a recent employee newsletter. It will continue to serve San Salvador with flights from its Houston Intercontinental and Newark hubs.

United has operated the flight on a Boeing 737-800 since launching it in December 2012.

The airline is in the midst of significant tweaks to its international network. In November 2013, it announced plans to end its long-standing flights between Tokyo Narita International airport and both Bangkok and Seattle/Tacoma; add a second daily flight between Houston and Tokyo Narita; and launch new flights between Chicago O’Hare and Edinburgh, Houston and Munich, and Washington Dulles and Madrid in 2014.

United competes with its Star partner Avianca on the Washington Dulles-San Salvador route, Innovata schedules show. San Salvador is a hub for the Colombia-based airline.