One route too many for United Airlines boss

Chief executive quits as investigators continue probe
The world’s largest airline measured by number of destinations appears to have had one route too many, resulting in the dismissal of its chief executive. The head of United Airlines has resigned amid an investigation into possible corruption.
The United States attorney for New Jersey is looking into whether the airline agreed to run a loss-making flight in return for improvements at Newark Liberty International airport.
Jeff Smisek, had been the boss of Continental Airlines when it merged with United. Parent company United Continental Holdings has named Oscar Munoz as his replacement. Two other senior executives have also resigned.
The flight in question operated from Newark, New Jersey, to Columbia in South Carolina where the then head of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had a holiday home. The twice-weekly direct flight started shortly after chairman David Samson took the job, and was cancelled after he left.
TTG Digital / The New York Times


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