A ground crew member walks past American Airlines planes parked at the gate during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington on April 5, 2020.
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American Airlines announced Thursday that it would cut connections to 15 small U.S. cities with low demand in October after the federal aid terms that the flights are required for expire.
American and the other US passenger airlines that accepted $ 25 billion in payroll sections were required to maintain a minimum level of service through September 30th.
American is discontinuing service at these airports: Del Rio, Texas; Dubuque, Iowa; Florence, South Carolina; Greenville, North Carolina; Huntington, West Virginia; Joplin, Missouri; Kalamazoo / Battle Creek, Michigan; Lake Charles, Louisiana; New Haven, Connecticut; New Windsor, New York; Roswell, New Mexico; Sioux City, Iowa; Springfield, Illinois; Stillwater, Oklahoma; and Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Unions and airline executives, including American ones, have urged lawmakers to provide airlines with an additional $ 25 billion in payrolls and loans. While the initiative was supported by both parties in Congress, legislators failed to reach an agreement on another national coronavirus aid package that could include the airline's additional aid.
Americans were preparing to cease service on up to 30 cities, CNBC reported last week. The cuts will take effect from October 7th to November 3rd. The airports were chosen because they have generated little demand and are unlikely to recover in the near future, according to someone familiar with the matter.
Demand for air travel has fallen due to the pandemic as concerns about the virus and travel restrictions keep many potential customers away. Passenger numbers have increased in April for more than five decades, but remain weak for the midsummer period.
According to federal data, the Transportation Security Administration examined an average of 708,684 people per day this month, a 71% decrease from last year.