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United Continental Cutting Capacity, Analyst Says

United Continental Holdings Inc. will cut capacity in cities such as Chicago and Denver in its first network adjustments after the merger that formed the world’s largest airline, a Hudson Securities analyst said.

The combined carrier’s available seats in the U.S. will decline 1.9 percent in the first quarter while the rest of the nation’s airlines collectively boost capacity about 2 percent, Hudson’s Daniel McKenzie wrote today in a note to clients. He cited APGDat scheduling data and his firm’s estimates.