space traveling warriors tier list : American Airlines suspends 4 popular international routes as it cuts flights to more US cities

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Out of concern, they will not be able to handle the growing demand for travel and to secure other important routes, American Airlines has made the painful decision to suspend four of its most popular international flights. While two of them will only be unavailable during the winter season, the others have been paused indefinitely – or worse, canceled for good.

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As if that wasn’t enough, the airline is pulling out of three US cities amid a major network overhaul, unceremoniously severing vital links between smaller domestic hubs and larger airports. The first post-Covid summer may be completely free of restrictions, as promised, but travel cancellations and disruptions remain widespread across the industry.

American’s latest payback scale is further proof of that:

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American removes 3 US cities from the map while suspending several international routes

Citing staffing constraints and, more importantly, pilot shortages, American Airlines is abandoning three routes and ‘temporary’ stop service in five others, both national and international. Three of them are paused indefinitely, while two are unavailable until winter 2022. Below you will find a list of all affected destinations and their current status:

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Domestic

  • Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT) to Alexandria, Louisiana (AEX) – Cut
  • Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Ontario, California (ONT) – Cut
  • Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to El Paso, Texas (ELP) – suspended indefinitely
  • Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT) to Sioux Falls, South Dakota (FSD) – suspended indefinitely

International

  • Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Saint Lucia (UVF) – Cut
  • Dallas/Forth Worth (DFW) to San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP) – suspended indefinitely
  • Philadelphia (PHL) to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ) – Suspended during winter 2022
  • Philadelphia (PHL) to Santiago, Dominican Republic (STI) – Suspended during winter 2022
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Judging by the airline’s recent announcements, which include new flights to Cozumel, Mexico, and two destinations in Jamaica, the Dominican Republic is no longer at the top of the priority destinations list now, with most American travelers ready to fly to Mexico this summer.

Small towns in New York and Ohio will have new connectivity issues

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Another blow to regional airports, which are among some of the most affected by cuts and reduced schedules during the worsening aviation crisis, American Airlines is also removing three more US cities from its route map.. Effective September 7the airline will no longer serve the following hubs:

  • Islip, New York (ISP)
  • Ithaca, New York (ITH)
  • Toledo, Ohio (TOL)
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According to an American Airlines spokesperson, the company made the “difficult decision” to withdraw from the three cities, as fight against staff shortages, affecting not just them, but every major US airline right now. They have assured customers that they will contact them after September 7 to offer “alternative deals”.

Passengers from Islip and Ithaca have relied on the availability of intra-American flights to access major networks, both inside and outside the US, while Toledo residents have no choice but to drive. two hours to Cleveland when vital connections are cut. Now that one of America’s biggest airlines has given up on them, Logistics can become much more complex.

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Envoy Air, American’s regional affiliate, historically connected Toledo Airport Express to Chicago O’Hare (ORD), one of the busiest in the United States. Unfortunately, even after having established a strong presence in this market over many years and offering Toledo’s only gateway to the world, American Airlines saw no choice but to terminate all operations.

Like Envoy, Piedmont Airlines provided easy connections to Philadelphia (PHL) from Tompkins International Airport in Ithaca and Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip. Those will no longer be available on September 7when the changes will be enacted and American Airlines must terminate the aforementioned service.

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Toledo is now effectively cut off from all major flight networks

It’s not all bad for New York cities, as they will remain connected to the networks of at least 4 major US carriers. Southwest Airlines will continue to operate in Islip, alongside Frontier and Breeze, and Ithaca still has Delta Connection and United Express as a backup now that American is leaving for good. On the other hand, connectivity has been seriously reduced in Toledo.

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Once American Airlines ceases operations in the city, the low-cost airline Allegiant Air will be the only airline present in the city. Flights are only available for a handful of other small US hubslike Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, Punta Gorda in Florida and St. Petersburg/Clearwater – we fear that the two-hour drive to Cleveland is the least stressful option here.

The presence of maps of strategic routes that benefit smaller airports is essential for regional connectivity, something that is under threat again as the industry seeks to readjust overly ambitious schedules after an unprecedented surge in passenger numbers. Unfortunately, local hubs must prepare for much greater future challenges yet to come.

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