American Airlines Reduces Service in New York Area

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An American Airlines passenger jet (Boeing 737) lands at LaGuardia Airport in New York, New York.

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American Airlines reduced service to just 13 flights from the three major airports serving New York on Sunday as the region, a coronavirus hotspot, becomes more isolated.

“As cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York City and the surrounding area continue to increase, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for travel in the area, the demand for flights to the New York area is quickly evaporating, “wrote David Seymour, US senior vice president of operations, wrote to employees in a memo.

Fort Worth, Texas-based airline has announced it will operate eight departures from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, up from around 170 in April 2019. It will also operate three flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport, up from around 80 midweek departures in the same month last year. He will fly daily to his Charlotte hub and his home in Dallas-Fort Worth from Newark Liberty International Airport.

Just over a week ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to abstain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days.

American will apply the newly reduced schedule until May 6.

Other airlines, including United and JetBlue, have announced major service cuts to the New York area due to the virus. Spirit Airlines Last week, Spirit Airlines would suspend operations at five tri-state airports, including LaGuardia, Newark and Hartford in New York, until at least May 4 due to the CDC warning.

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