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Heads-up, frequent fliers, if you’re trying to head out on a quick getaway to smaller cities across the U.S, you may hit a snag. American Airlines has announced they are suspending flight service to 15 markets in October, including one Texas city, Del Rio.
The airlines has removed service to 15 cities as a result a result of diminishing demand and expiration of air service requirements associated with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic (CARES) Act, according to an American Airlines press release.
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“This is the first step as American continues to evaluate its network and plans for additional schedule changes in the coming weeks,” American Airlines officials stated.
The pandemic has hit the travel industry with an unprecedented revenue loss. Travel experts predict that domestic airlines could lose more than $20 billion this year and the industry globally could lose up to $84 billion, according to the International Air Transport Association.
Many travelers are upset by the move, as American is the only airline offering year-round service in nine of the cities listed, according to airline industry analyst Henry Harteveldt.
The suspensions will begin October 7 and are effective for the October schedule period which extends to November 3.
The 15 markets include:
- 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
- Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Passengers can access the full list of flight suspensions here, when the the updated October schedule is released on August 29.