United Airlines cancels service between Bakersfield, Houston

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A decline in oil-related business travel has prompted United Airlines to end flights between Bakersfield and Houston in early April, five years after the service launched.

Local travel agents say the last flight from Bakersfield to Houston will be April 4.

United said it continually evaluates demand for service in all its markets, and that the “difficult decision” to end service between the two cities was “due to the significant decline in demand for oil/energy sector related travel.”

The airline began offering twice-daily,

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