American Airlines Halts Service in Three US Cities

American Airlines announced it will halt services in three cities beginning in September as an effect of the industry-wide pilot shortage.

The Texas-based carrier, in a report by FOX Business, revealed Monday that service in Islip and Ithaca, New York, as well as Toledo, Ohio, will be discontinued beginning September 7.

American Airlines customers scheduled to fly beyond the aforementioned date were being proactively contacted by the airline, who are being offered alternate arrangements.

The airline sector is short 12,000 pilots, and the majority of airports across the country, around 303, are already offering fewer flights, according to a report released earlier this month.

According to the Regional Airline Association (RAA), “there were 188 villages that lost at least 25% of their air service, either during the pandemic or during the first half of 2022 when the pilot shortage increased.”

RAA CEO Faye Malarkey Black expressed optimism that the airline industry was “resilient and smart and always capable of accepting the next challenge”.

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