TEXAS – The American Airlines company announced the reduction of flights to 15 cities after the expiration of federal aid for COVID-19.
Through its website, American indicated that part of the decision was also made due to the low demand that the selected cities have.
“This is American’s first step as we continue to evaluate the network and plan additional schedule changes in the coming weeks,” they added in the statement.
The suspension begins on October 7, 2020 and will affect flights to the following destinations:
City Airport CodeDel Rio, TexasDRTDubuque, IowaDBQFlorence, SCFLOGreenville, NCPGVHuntington, W.Va.HTSJoplin, Mo.JLNKalamazoo / Battle Creek, Mich.AZOLake Charles, La.LCHNew Haven, Conn.HVNNewSpring. SPIStillwater, Okla.SWOWilliamsport, Pa.IPT
Few days ago, CNBC reported that American was preparing to phase out flights serving more than two dozen small and medium-sized cities due to the expiration of federal coronavirus aid, which placed restrictions on airlines not to cut service approaches. The information was given by an airline executive.
Carriers must maintain minimum levels of service until Sept. 30 after receiving a $ 25 billion federal aid package that also barred layoffs until the end of the third quarter. American received $ 5.8 billion in support under the program.
The agreement was intended to preserve operability by providing assistance with payroll and air service throughout the country, although most of the planes flew a fraction of normal passenger load. Regulators allowed airlines some exemptions on the service.
The new cancellations for up to 30 destinations could be reflected in the availability of flights for the fall and starting next week, the American Airlines executive told CNBC. The person requested not to be identified because the changes have not yet been finalized. The executive did not say which cities could be cut, but today, Thursday, August 20, 15 of them were revealed.
Airline unions and airline executives have been pushing Congress for another $ 25 billion in payroll support to keep paying workers until the end of next March, as demand for flights continues to not recover.
The proposal has garnered bipartisan political support in Congress and from President Donald Trump, but lawmakers and the White House have failed to agree on a new national aid package for the coronavirus that would likely house the provision of additional aid from the airlines.
The Department of Transportation had to inform airlines by Aug. 1 if the government planned to extend the minimum service requirements.
United Airlines and Delta Air Lines declined to comment on whether they were also preparing to cut routes. To read this note on CNBC, click here.