Responding to robust demand and added flights to Newark, Cleveland, and Houston, United Airlines has pulled a "Newark" on us at San Francisco International Airport.
To understand what it means to "pull a Newark" you must be familiar with United's operations at Newark's Liberty International Airport. In a word, ugh.
Faced with a post-merger gate shortage, flights will continue to operate out of Continental's old gate area in Terminal A. That means if you are connecting, plan on taking the annoying shuttle bus from Terminal A to Terminal C or vice-versa. At least you do not have to re-clear security!
In June, United will shift select Southern California and Las Vegas flights to Terminal One at SFO. These include:
- Las Vegas
- Santa Barbara
- Santa Ana
- San Diego
United will provide shuttle bus service between terminals, which they promise will run every five minutes, but there are no plans for a United Club in Terminal One. That means if you are flying from Burbank to Las Vegas via San Francisco and are a club member, you'll need to bus it back and forth during you layover. Factor in the travel time and the fight for overhead bin space if you board late and it just simply isn't worth the effort. At least EWR has a United Club in Terminal A.
When American Airlines abandoned gates 60-67 (the E pier) at SFO, I was hopeful that United would move in. From what I hear, that is still the plan (and the gates are under construction now), but I have seen no official word on this.
Let's hope Terminal One will just be a temporary exile. I am hoping UA did not sign a 100-year lease on the gates in A...
(tip of the hat to Joe)