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American Eyes Ending Service to 30 Cities

American Eyes Ending Service to 30 Cities
Joe Cortez

With no additional relief in sight for passenger carriers, American Airlines says they could be forced to axe 30 cities from their network once the CARES Act support ends. The potential cuts are just one of many different ways the airline is looking to save money in the event Congress doesn’t act.

In addition to the threatened job cuts, American Airlines could be trimming their overall network, if Congress doesn’t offer additional funds to keep the airlines afloat. CNBC reports the Fort Worth-based airline could end service to 30 cities as soon as Oct. 1, 2020.

Cuts Could Come as CARES Act Support Ends

As part of the bailout package approved in the CARES Act, airlines were required to maintain a “minimum level of service” through Sept. 30, 2020. For most carriers, this meant operating the majority of their flights and keeping staff on the payroll, even if flyers were scarce.

With those conditions coming to an end, airlines are looking for ways to cut their operating costs and maintain their bottom line. As part of their reductions, American sent WARN notices to over 25,000 employees, putting them on notice that they could be furloughed.

But displacing employees may not be enough of a cut for American. Speaking under the condition of anonymity to CNBC, leaders at American warn that 30 cities may be removed from American’s schedule this fall. The airline employee did not specify what cities would be cut, or if the route trimming is final.

If American decides to end service to certain cities, they may be focusing on markets where there is overlapped coverage. After announcing a partnership with JetBlue, and Alaska expediting its membership into the Oneworld alliance, American flyers will have more options to arrive at their final destination. However, the trade off may come at the cost of price or convenience.

Unions and Airlines Petition for More Support, While the Senate Walks Away

Both aviation unions and airlines have been asking Washington for more support, including Payroll Support Program (PSP) funds to keep airline employees on payrolls. Two of the biggest unions – the Air Line Pilots Association and the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA – asked in an open letter in The Hill for Congress to extend the PSP provisions of the CARES Act. Additionally, Southwest Airlines chief executive Gary Kelly was the first major airline leader to publicly join the unions in asking Capitol Hill to come to the aid of the airlines.

If a bill is coming, it may not be decided upon until after Labor Day. On Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, CNBC reports the U.S. Senate adjourned for their annual summer break. Although senators are asked to be flexible in their plans in case a deal is reached, no deal for a “phase four” aid package is currently on the table.

View Comments (16)


  1. TravelGirl322

    August 13, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Which cities? Have they hinted?

  2. jjonathan

    August 14, 2020 at 4:17 am

    Why is it ALWAYS “American” or “United” who lead the way in destroying the airline business?

  3. tromboneboss

    August 14, 2020 at 4:52 am

    This company, Neste, looks no different than any other ethanol plant. What they don’t tell you is the fossil fuels used to make that type of fuel are much greater than traditional fuels. And the carbon credits that Jet Blue claims to get them carbon neutral is a joke and a scam. I’m sorry, you can’t fly an airplane and burn fuel without emitting carbon dioxide.

  4. Superjeff

    August 14, 2020 at 5:13 am

    I don’t think we know what routes are planned to be discontinued, if any. This may be a negotiating tool, or it may reflect the current Covid19 situation. Either way, it is usually no more inconvenient to connect on interline partners than to connect online, assuming you have boarding passes issued at the beginning of the trip, including online. I’ve had American issue Boarding Passes on connecting Alaska flights multiple times (I frequently fly DFW-SEA(AA)-MSO/BIL (AS) and return.

  5. Aloha1

    August 14, 2020 at 5:23 am

    Actually, it was the House that walked first. Hard to dance by yourself.

  6. DeltaFlyer123

    August 14, 2020 at 8:57 am

    I don’t believe in keeping companies afloat by paying them not to produce anything, such as flying empty airplanes. That mainly helps the rich owners and executives. The government should help the employees directly, and let them spend the money as they see fit. While the companies can survive a few bad quarters, their employees need to eat, and that’s where we need to focus.

  7. nycityny

    August 14, 2020 at 9:05 am

    What are you talking about? The only people in congress who were part of the negotiations were the Democratic leaders of the Senate and House – Schumer and Pelosi. McConnell and Trump were AWOL the whole time. Schumer/Pelosi continued to be available until McConnell adjourned the senate. Remember, the House had already passed a bill a couple of months ago, only to gather dust on McConnell’s desk.

  8. formeraa

    August 14, 2020 at 9:16 am

    @jjonathan Funny thing…Delta was the FIRST airline to say that they would be a “much smaller carrier” coming out of the COVID-19 crisis. Wouldn’t that potentially include dropping service to some cities?

    Furthermore, there will be some smaller cities that will not be profitable in the new environment.

  9. BC Shelby

    August 14, 2020 at 10:18 am

    ….wondering if Portland OR is on the list as PDX is served by JetBlue while Alaska has the largest market share here a flies to several destinations in the east.

    Also concerned about Milwaukee due to it’s proximity to American’s hub at ORD.

    Surprisingly United (which I though may cease operations at MKE, as they have so little service outside of their express connectors to ORD) instead will be adding nonstop service from MKE to Florida

  10. Honey West

    August 14, 2020 at 10:40 am

    In the interest of accuracy, I believe the House cancelled their August recess on July 31. The Senate closed up shop yesterday.

  11. chx1975

    August 14, 2020 at 11:30 am

    I was wondering whether there’s a regional airline called “American Eyes” I never heard of…

  12. cmd320

    August 14, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    Let them fail.

  13. tkelvin69

    August 15, 2020 at 7:15 am

    @ honey west – it doesn’t matter who left first as the republicans/White House refused to even consider meeting in the financial middle of the two proposals. The democrats were suppose to stick around without good faith bargaining?

  14. Intl359Widget

    August 15, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    @chx1975 That’s what you get when you have a blogger trying to be a journalist.

  15. Prof_Dr_G

    August 15, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    Honestly, who cares? AA sells a degrading experience and then incrementally charges customers to make the experience less degrading, Who cares what happens to them?

  16. edgewood49

    August 15, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    First folks lets look at the rhetoric here AA could well be posturing as others certainly will be, to cause panic among cities and towns. so it might well be Parker’s game playing, Having said that get over it cuts are coming not only domestically but internationally. Our days of simply hoping on the next flight are over for the foreseeable future. Flights will be reduced and positions within the airline industry as in most will be reduced some more than others, but the once feared pilot shortage is gone.

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