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American Airlines bid goodbye to New York-Savannah flights 

American Airlines is ending its weekend-only service between New York LaGuardia and Savannah due to the losses on the given route to the coastal city in Georgia.

American Airlines is a member of Oneworld Alliance and it released a statement that It will end its Saturday and even Sunday flights between Savannah (SAV) and LaGuardia (LGA) effective May 3, 2020. Cerium schedules also confirmed this issue and are validated as well. American Airlines starts serving the given route in 2018. It makes use of a 44-seater Embraer ERJ-140 jets on every flight.

According to Nichelle Barrett, a spokeswoman of American Airlines, the company was asked If the decision made to end the service has a relation to the pending early retirement of small regional jets namely the ERJ-140. As a reply, she said that the given route, Savannah and LaGuardia was unprofitable. This airline company is forced to removed earlier four of the said aircraft than expected. This is due to the ongoing grounding of Boeing 737 MAX and restrictions in the company’s contract with pilots.

On the other hand, Forth Worth, which is a Texas-based airline company faced a plethora of competition between the given route, New York and Savannah. Currently, the city is being served by Delta Airlines from LaGuardia while both Delta Airlines and JetBlue Airways serve those from New York John F. Kennedy (JFK). Allegiant Air together with United Airlines does serve those departing from Newark Liberty (EWR).

American Airlines will continue to serve passengers from Savannah from Charlotte (CLT), Miami (MIA), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Washington Raegan National and Philadelphia (PHL).

American Airlines’ decision to bid goodbye to the New York-Savannah route comes a week after it released a statement that it would also end another LaGuardia route. This airline company is only providing service on Saturday-only between LaGuardia and Bermuda (BDA) in May 2020. This is also due to the financial losses being incurred.

In January this year, American Airlines executives and decision-makers outlined their plans to make changes and grow its system capacity by 4 to 5% year-over-year this 2020. However, there are some considerations and challenges like the combined impact of the grounding of Boeing 737 MAX and the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Several flights were suspended mostly to the entire Asia routes and Europe. These problems may significantly reduce those plans.

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