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United Airlines demands approval of additional flights through JFK

Yahoo Finance Live hosts break down United Airlines' demands to the FAA to allow additional flights to come through JFK International Airport.

Video Transcript

- UAL is my play. United Airlines today threatening to take off from New York's busiest airport, JFK, if they don't add more flights there. UAL says if the FAA can't grant additional flights, they'll stop service at the 13th busiest airport in the United States starting in October. United CEO Scott Kirby wrote personally to the FAA acting administrator Billy Nolan last week.

And the FAA says in a statement, quote, "any additional slots at JFK would follow the well-established process of awarding them fairly and" the key here, "to increase competition." United currently flies just twice daily from JFK to LA and San Francisco, both very popular business travel routes.

Shares of UAL have been crushed this year, down 15%. But this year, a very nice day as you can see, up about 15-- or about 5% on the day. Curious what the three of you-- what the two of you have to say. What's the worst airport to fly into or out of in New York City? JFK has long topped my list.

RACHELLE AKUFFO: Yeah, it's JFK for me. It's-- I mean, it's just a nightmare. When I see that's like my cheapest or my fastest option I'm like, ugh. OK, like, I go through it, but it's-- yeah.

SEANA SMITH: Yeah. I was going to say, all three of them are pretty tough. I don't know if you can really narrow it down to just one, right? JFK is always tough. It's the furthest from my house. So that's the one I really try to stay away from.

LaGuardia, you have issues. Newark, you have issues. I feel like the New York airports are always in that top survey of the worst airports to fly in and out of. So if United pulls out, I don't know if that's good--

- They were this year. I think those three are among the top five worst airports in the United States in terms of delays and cancellations. I believe it was LaGuardia that led the way, but that's because that massive transformation they're going through there. At least that's what they say.