American Airlines is drops services to two cities in New York state and one in Ohio because of a lack of pilots. The carrier will cut routes to Islip, New York; Ithaca, New York; and Toledo, Ohio from September 7.
” In answer to the regional pilot lack affecting the airline industry, American Airlines has made the difficult take to a decision to end service,” an American Airlines representative said Insider.
American CEO Robert Isom said
Earlier this month, American CEO Robert Isom told it had dropped about 100 regional jets because it couldn’t find enough employees. The spokesperson told that America had reduced its regional flying in current months because of the regional pilot lack, adding that it may take “some time” before staffing levels return to normal.
- The worst affected by the revoked routes will be Toledo. American is the only major airline that serves Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport, offering flights to its hub at Chicago O’Hare Airport.
Allegiant Air is the only other carrier offering flights to and from Toledo, with twice-weekly flights on routes to Phoenix, Arizona, and three airports in Florida. American is also scrapping its daily flights to its hub in Philadelphia from Ithaca Tompkins International Airport. Once this route is no longer available, the airport will be left with a vastly reduced schedule, only offering flights to Detroit with Delta and Newark with United.
America is slashing is its daily operation from
The third route America is slashing is its daily operation from Long Island McArthur Airport in Islip to Philadelphia. The airport is also served by Southwest, Frontier Airlines, and Breeze Airways. American flights to and from Toledo are operated by regional carriers Piedmont Airlines and Envoy Air, both of which are wholly-owned American subsidiaries, of American Eagle.
The flights to and from Islip and Ithaca are worked by Piedmont Airlines as American Eagle.”We’re thankful for the maintenance and service our team members provided to our customers in Islip, Ithaca, and Toledo, and are operating closely with them during this time,” the American spokesperson told.
Airlines and airports are currently suffering from staffing lacks, leading to long lines for check-in and security, revoked flights, and angry passengers.
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Airlines including Delta, JetBlue, Alaska, Lufthansa, and British Airways have cut their summer schedules due to surging demand and staffing challenges. Tens of thousands of US flights — both domestic and international — were delayed or canceled over the Juneteenth and Father’s Day weekend.
Earlier this month, Piedmont Airlines and Envoy Air reached an agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association to almost double pilots’ salaries.
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