American Airlines to Operate 45% of October Capacity, Add 24 Seasonal Routes

By Kurt Stolz on 31 August 2020
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American Airlines said it plans to operate 45% of its October schedule compared to the same period in 2019, the airline said Sunday.

The airline had said in July its capacity for the quarter would drop by 60% year over year.

The move comes as the airline will drop at least 12 cities once the terms of a federal bailout that required the flights expires. The original plan was to drop 15 cities including Sioux City, Iowa, Joplin, Missouri, and Roswell, New Mexico.

Sioux City, Iowa, and Joplin, Missouri, are considered “essential air service” cities.

Essential Air Service is a U.S. government program that dates back prior to the deregulation of the airline industry in 1978.  It guarantees that small communities that were served by a commercial carrier prior to deregulation would continue to receive a minimal level of scheduled air service that would otherwise not be profitable.

The list of cities where the airline will discontinue service include Del Rio, Texas; Dubuque, Iowa; Florence, South Carolina; Greenville, North Carolina; New Haven, Connecticut; Stillwater, Oklahoma; and Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  American is the only airline that services these cities.

Other cities where service will likely be discontinued include Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Michigan; Huntington, West Virginia; New Windsor, New York; Springfield, Illinois; and Lake Charles, Louisiana.

American said it plans to add 24 seasonal routes in its new schedule in an attempt to lure more leisure travelers planning trips to warmer cities such as Miami and Phoenix.

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