United Airlines will cease service at Louisiana Airport

 Wednesday, November 17, 2021 


United Airlines announced that it will end service from the airport early in 2022, the City of Monroe confirmed.

United Airlines said the decision comes in the shadow of a post-pandemic world that saw a drop in air travel,” the statement said. “United Airlines’ leadership have reviewed their operational capabilities and concluded they needed to reduce their capacity across their network.”

United Airlines had three scheduled flights daily leaving the airport, all to Houston, The News-Star reported. It also pulled service from 10 other markets: Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Michigan; College Station, Texas; Columbia, Missouri; Mosinee, Wisconsin; Evansville, Indiana; Killeen/Fort Hood, Texas; Lansing, Michigan; Pierre, South Dakota; Twin Falls, Idaho; and Watertown, South Dakota.

Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis said he is sad to see United Airlines go, but the Monroe Regional Airport will continue providing service to passengers.

He said that MLU will continue to strengthen Delta and American Airlines services while aggressively working to develop opportunities with other carriers.

Ellis said United’s decision has nothing to do with the city specifically, rather a change in travel habits during the pandemic.

He said he also likes what he’s hearing from the remaining major airlines.

The mayor said he has also tasked Airport Director Charles Butcher with trying to bring in a value carrier to help facilitate business travel.

United Airlines’ last day of service at Monroe Regional will be Jan. 3.

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