BREAKING: From 271 to 13, American Airlines Suspends 90% of Flights to New York Area

American Airlines will cut more than 90% of New York metropolitan area flights through 6 May 2020 as travel demand evaporates to the U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

The state of New York had more than 120,000 reported cases of COVID-19 and New York City has reported more than 67,500 cases with 2,472 deaths. This has made flight loads remarkably low in an already depressed market.

In a memo to the airlines employees, David Seymour, American’s senior vice president of operations, wrote:

“As coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in New York City and the surrounding region continue to increase, along with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for travel to the area, the demand for flights to the New York area is rapidly evaporating,”

LIMITING FLIGHTS TO/FROM NYC

American said it will only operate 8 flights from LaGuardia Airport (down from about 170 in April a year ago), 3 flights from JFK (down from 80 departures in the same period last year), and just 2 flights from Newark during April.

New York LaGuardia (LGA):

  • 2 daily flights to Charlotte (CLT)
  • 2 daily flights to Dallas (DFW)
  • 1 daily flight to Boston (BOS)
  • 1 daily flight to Chicago (ORD)
  • 1 daily flight to Miami (MIA)
  • 1 daily flight to Washington, D.C. (DCA)

New York (JFK):

  • 1 daily flight to Dallas (DFW)
  • 1 daily flight to Charlotte (CLT)
  • 1 daily flight to Miami (MIA)

Newark (EWR):

  • 1 daily flight to Dallas (DFW)
  • 1 daily flight to Charlotte (CLT)

The announcement comes a day after United slashed flights to the metro area. Interestingly, Spirit Airlines, JetBlue and other carriers had already suspended service to the COVID-19 hotspot so now there is virtually no service to/from the area. Ouch!

FINAL STAMP

This is tragic.

New York-area airports, particularly Newark and JFK, are normally among the busiest airports in the country and the area has some of the most congested airspace in the world, but coronavirus has prompted several carriers to cut service to bare bones, leaving the region more isolated than ever.

Interesting Fact: For the first time in since the 1940’s (80 years ago), American Airlines will not have a nonstop flight between Los Angeles and New York City which is a MAJOR BUSINESS ROUTE and normally has 10+ non-stop, daily flights from JFK alone.

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