American Airlines Considers Cutting Service to 30 Smaller Cities as Aid Package Runs Out

By Paul Riegler on 14 August 2020
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American Airlines is preparing to cut service to 30 smaller cities it serves when a federal requirement to maintain such service expires at the end of September, a airline executive with knowledge of the matter said.

The airline had agreed to continue to operate service to these locations as part of the $5.8 billion federal bailout package it received to cover payroll costs amidst the pandemic.

The news was first reported by CNBC on Thursday.

The American Airlines executive did not specify which cities could lose service, but said that the changes could appear in the airline’s schedule next week.

Some view the news as a move to put pressure on lawmakers in Congress who are putting considering an additional aid bill for airlines that would continue to cover some payroll costs in the months ahead.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on the travel industry, particularly on airlines.  The nation’s four largest airlines lost a combined $10 billion in the second quarter of 2020.

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