World's largest airline cuts direct flights to 17 US cities

2014-01-16 12:45
American Airlines. (Bill Montgomery, AP)

American Airlines. (Bill Montgomery, AP)

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Washington -  Detroit, Minneapolis, San Diego and 14 other cities will lose their direct American Airlines flights from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the newly merged airline has said. reports the airline blames the route cuts on the condition of its merger with US Airways.

Deemed the world's largest airline after the merger, the airline now has to surrender some of its slots at both airports and others nationwide under an agreement late last year with the Justice Department, which had sued to block the merger on the grounds that it would give the new American Airlines too much control over much of the nation’s aviation market.

Part of the scaling down sees the airline relinquishing  three direct flights from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, with cut-off dates still to be announced.
The report states low-cost competitors like Southwest and JetBlue are the most likely to benefit from the available capacity created.

Besides Detroit, Minneapolis and San Diego, the communities losing their direct service from Reagan National include
- Little Rock, Ark
- Tallahassee, Fla. 
- Augusta,Ga
- Savannah, Ga.
- Fayetteville, NC
- Wilmington, NC
- Jacksonville, NC
- Pensacola. Fla
- Fort Walton Beach, Fla
- Islip, NY
- Myrtle Beach, SC
- Omaha, Neb 
- Montreal
- Nassau, Bahamas.

While Atlanta, Cleveland and Minneapolis will no longer have direct service from LaGuardia.

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