CHICAGO: American Airlines Group Inc said late Sunday it would suspend more flights in and out of New York City’s three main airports for about a month, joining other airlines that have cut flights to the area following a spike in coronavirus cases.
Between April 9 and May 6, American would operate a total of 13 daily flights from New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports and New Jersey’s Newark, it said, down from an average of 271 daily flights across all three airports in April 2019.
David Seymour, American’s senior vice-president of operations, told employees that demand for flights to the New York area “is rapidly evaporating” following an increase in Covid-19 cases and a recent advisory from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention warning against all non-essential travel to and from New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.
New York has been the hardest-hit US state by the coronavirus pandemic.
United Airlines Holdings Inc said on Saturday that it was reducing its daily New York City area flights to 17 from 157, while JetBlue Airways Corp is cutting its schedule by as much as 80% and Spirit Airlines Inc is canceling all of its flights to the area.
US carriers have drastically reduced their flying schedules around the world as air travel demand has plummeted due to the coronavirus. — Reuters
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