- American Airlines will drop 27 routes in 2022, 18 of which will affect New York City airports.
- The move comes a week after the airline announced it was strengthening its Northeast Alliance with JetBlue Airways.
- The cuts also include completely dropping service to Ottawa, Canada, as well as closing some regional routes.
American Airlines dropped 27 routes over the weekend as it continues to blend its network strategically.
American Airlines is making several route adjustments as it prepares for 2022, with New York City airports turning heads. On Monday, the airline confirmed to Insider that it has filed 27 route cuts since Friday, 18 of which affect New York’s John. F. Kennedy International Airport or LaGuardia Airport. The other nine include cuts down to Canada and some of the airline’s domestic services from Boston, Charlotte, Chicago and Philadelphia.
“Over the weekend, American optimized its flight plan to better connect customers with the destinations that are most important to them,” a U.S. spokesman told Insider. “Part of that process resulted in the settlement of a handful of routes, including our dedicated shuttle service. We proactively contact customers affected by these changes to offer alternative travel arrangements.”
Last Tuesday, American announced that it is strengthening its partnership with its Northeast Alliance partner JetBlue Airways despite a looming lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice in September. The agency claims that the alliance violates antitrust law and will adversely affect customers and competition. Nevertheless, the pair has stepped up operations out of the Northeast since July 2020, with JetBlue set to operate 10 of the 18 routes the American dropped out of New York, according to Cirium data.
New York is not the only market to get a hit. Canada will lose five U.S. routes from the United States, including withdrawing completely from Ottawa, the country’s capital, according to the airline. American confirmed the news in a statement to The Points Guy, explaining that demand has not returned to the city since the airline suspended operations there in June 2020, forcing American to suspend service indefinitely. According to the airport’s website, United Airlines is the only US airline still serving the city.
In addition to cutting back on Ottawa, American has reduced flights from Phoenix to Calgary and Vancouver and from JFK to Montreal and Toronto.
Americans’ regional service is also being cut, with routes like Boston to Raleigh, South Carolina, and Philadelphia to Charleston, West Virginia, getting the boot. But unlike United, which last Tuesday told Insider it would stop service to 11 small towns indefinitely, American will continue to serve the markets that are being cut by routes from other hubs, according to the airline.
The following five routes will be dropped from JFK:
- Liberia, Costa Rica, ends April 5
- San Antonia, Texas, ends January 4th
- San Jose, Costa Rica, ends April 5th
- Montreal, ending January 4th
- Toronto, ending January 4th
The following 13 routes will be dropped from LaGuardia:
- Nantucket, Massachusetts, ends June 17
- Asheville, North Carolina, ends March 27th
- Bangor, Maine, ends January 4th
- Boston, ending Jan. 4
- Charleston, South Carolina, ends January 4th
- Orlando, Florida, ends January 4th
- Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, ends June 17
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, ends June 2nd
- Philadelphia, ending Jan. 4
- Pensacola, Florida, ends May 5th
- Portland, Maine, ends Jan. 4
- Savannah, Georgia, ends June 3rd
- Traverse City, Michigan, ends June 2nd
The following nine routes will also be dropped:
- Boston to Raleigh-Durham, South Carolina, ends January 4th
- Charlotte to Champaign / Urbana, Illinois, ends April 5th
- Charlotte to Toledo, Ohio, ending April 5th
- Chicago to Charlottesville, Virginia, ends April 5th
- Philadelphia to Baltimore, Maryland, ends April 5th
- Philadelphia to Charleston, West Virginia, ends April 5th
- Philadelphia to Ottawa, Canada, ends April 5th
- Phoenix to Vancouver, Canada, ends April 5th
- Phoenix to Calgary, Canada, ends April 5th