- American Airlines says it’s suspending service to 15 cities across the United States on October 7 as federal support through the CARES Act is scheduled to end.
- Secondary cities across the airline’s route network from New Mexico to Connecticut are on the chopping block, with some cities in danger of losing all air connection when American leaves.
- Cities served only by the American Eagle local arm are most affected. American said the suspensions were set up to last through November 3 however could be extended.
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American Airlines on Thursday announced modifications to its route network that see the carrier suspending service to 15 cities across the US for at least many of October. Another sign of a slow recovery for the airline company market, the statement comes with government support supplied through the CARES Act set to expire October 1.
Under the sweeping relief package that included billions of dollars in payroll support for airlines, American has actually been required to preserve service throughout its existing route network– even if flying couple of or no passengers on some flights– unless an exemption is granted by the Department of Transport.
Secondary cities served by American Eagle– an American regional carrier– are mainly affected, with some in risk of losing air connection altogether when the provider stops service.
Here’s the full list of cities to which American plans to cut service starting October 7:
- Del Rio, Texas: Del Rio will be entrusted to no air service by any guest provider after losing its sole path to Dallas/Fort Worth.
- Dubuque, Iowa: Dubuque will be left with no air service by any guest carrier after losing its sole route to Chicago.
- Florence, South Carolina: Florence will be left with no air service by any passenger provider after losing its sole path to Charlotte.
- Greenville, North Carolina: Greenville will be left with no air service by any passenger carrier after losing its sole route to Charlotte.
- Huntington, West Virginia: Huntington will lose its path to Charlotte, leaving the inexpensive provider Allegiant Air as the city’s only airline.
- Joplin, Missouri: Joplin will be entrusted to no air service by any guest provider after losing its paths to Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth.
- Kalamazoo, Michigan: Kalamazoo will lose one-third of its airline companies when American stops flying there from Chicago however will lose no paths, as United likewise uses service from the Windy City.
- Lake Charles, Louisiana: Lake Charles will see its number of paths and cities served halved when American takes away its service to Dallas, leaving United Express as the sole carrier with service to Houston.
- New Haven, Connecticut: New Haven will be entrusted no year-round air service by any passenger provider after losing its paths to Philadelphia and Charlotte.
- Roswell, New Mexico: Roswell will be entrusted to no air service by any guest carrier after losing its routes to Dallas/Fort Worth and Phoenix.
- Sioux City, Iowa: Sioux City will momentarily be without air service when American ends its paths to Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago. United is scheduled to begin service to the city from Denver on October 14.
- Springfield, Illinois: Springfield will lose one-third of its airline companies and routes once American ends service from Dallas/Fort Worth. Allegiant Air and United Express will continue to serve Punta Gorda and Chicago, respectively, from the airport.
- Stillwater, Oklahoma: Stillwater will be left with no air service by any traveler carrier after losing its path to Dallas/Fort Worth.
- Williamsport, Pennsylvania: Williamsport will be entrusted no air service by any passenger provider after losing its path to Charlotte.
American stated in its statement that the path suspensions were set up for only a one-month duration, from October 7 through November 3, with the possibility of an extension or cuts to more cities if need does not bounce back. Its competing Delta Air Lines made similar modifications to its network in June, cutting service to 11 cities in its United States network Delta did not state when, if ever, it would return to those markets.
More travelers have actually been taking to the skies over the summertime, according to passenger numbers released by the Transport Security Administration, but the period from Labor Day to Thanksgiving typically sees a drop-off in leisure travel that may prevent the industry’s recovery, particularly if company travel does not return.