American Airlines Temporarily Cuts 90% of Flights at New York-Area Airports

By Kurt Stolz on 6 April 2020
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An American Airlines A321T at JFK

American Airlines announced late Sunday it will temporarily cut the number of flights at New York-area airports by over 90% as the number of flyers continues to plummet.

The news came one day after U.S. officials announced that the number of novel coronavirus cases in the New York area would likely peak in the coming week. The reduction was announced in a memorandum to employees that was provided to FBT.

“As coronavirus cases in New York City and the surrounding region continue to increase, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for travel to the area, the demand for flights to the New York area is rapidly evaporating,” said David Seymour, the airline’s senior vice president of operations.

The Fort Worth-based carrier operates out of two airports in the New York metropolitan area, LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International.

At JFK, the airline will go from operating 80 flights per day to three.  At LaGuardia, the number of flights will be reduced from 170 to eight.

The reduction is expected to be temporary and last for at least one month.

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