American Airlines stops flying to four small cities, citing a shortage of pilots

An American Airlines Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet aircraft as seen on final approach to landing at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, on February 13, 2020.

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American Airlines It plans to drop service to four US cities in September, including Dubuque, Iowa, which will lose scheduled commercial air service altogether.

The Fort Worth-based carrier has blamed the service cuts on a Shortage of regional pilots. American, United Airlines And the Delta Airlines Each reduced service between some small towns and their hubs, citing a shortage of pilots.

The Four Cities – Toledo, Ohio; Islip, New York; Ithaca, New York, and Dubuque – All US troops will be lost September 7, after Labor Day.

“We will proactively contact customers scheduled to travel after this date to provide alternative arrangements,” American said in a statement.

The airports were served by the regional carriers of American Airlines. Last week, these carriers Pilot pay hike trying to stop inabilitywhich comes after many airlines abandoned pilots during the pandemic only to be discovered when demand for travel fell again.

Holly Kemmler, a spokeswoman for Eugene F Crans Toledo Express Airport, said airport staff were “deeply disappointed” with the US decision.

“Please note that this decision was made by the airline alone, mainly due to the lack of regional pilots,” she said. “Unfortunately, we understand that this is the current ongoing trend in the aviation industry.”

Kemmler said the airport is still served by a sun-focused airline Guardian.

American Airlines said cities will still be served by flights at other airports between 45 miles and 120 miles away.