American Airlines, American Eagle Airlines, AmericanConnection announce details of flight cuts

Thursday, June 26, 2008, 19:49 by Aviation Correspondent

American Airlines will reduce flights at many airports in the United States as well as overseas later in 2008.

American Airlines, a division of the AMR Corporation and the biggest airline in the United States, will reduce flights at many airports in the United States as well as overseas later in 2008.

The cutback in flights, including at American Airlines’ hubs in Dallas and Chicago, the United States, has been compelled by exorbitant prices of aviation fuel, a statement from the company explained.

American Airlines, based in Fort Worth, the United States, said that it would cut departures at its hub at O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, by 28 flights.

American Eagle Airlines, another subsidiary of AMR Corporation, has planned to do away with 34 flights, beginning in September 2008.

At Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, while American Airlines will cut 19 departures, American Eagle Airlines will ground 23 flights.

In the statement, American Airlines said the carrier would cut 8 daily departures in Lambert-St Louis International Airport, and 5 flights at La Guardia Airport in New York.

American Airlines has an average of 152 daily departures from Lambert-St Louis International Airport.

American Eagle Airlines and AmericanConnection, yet another subsidiary of AMR Corporation, will eliminate 35 flights in Lambert-St Louis International Airport.

American Eagle Airlines is to reduce 37 flights at New York’s La Guardia Airport.

American Airlines had already announced that it was shutting down operations in Oakland, California; and at Stansted Airport in London in September 2008.

Besides, it will end service to Barranquilla, Colombia.

American Eagle Airlines will cease operations in Albany; Providence, Rhode Island;  Harrisburg, Pa.; San Luis Obispo, California.; and Samana, Dominican Republic.

In May 2008, American Airlines had declared that it would cut domestic capacity by 11% to 12% and that American Eagle Airlines would slash capacity by 10% to 11%, compared with levels of late 2007.

Gerard J Arpey, chairman and chief executive of American Airlines, had said in May that the carrier was likely to abolish thousands of jobs as a result of fewer flights, but he had not disclosed the exact figure.

The company said on June 25, 2008, that it intends to offer voluntary-departure programmes to reduce layoffs.