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American Cuts 43 Flights at Lambert

June 25, 2008

By Tim Logan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jun. 25–American Airlines and its affiliates will cut 43 daily departures from St. Louis this fall, the airline said a short time ago.

As part of its plan to cut 12 percent of its flying capacity this year to cope with soaring fuel costs, the nation’s busiest airline is slashing flights at airports nationwide. At Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, it will cut eight “mainline” routes flown by American Airlines itself — which mainly fly to its hubs in Chicago and Dallas and large coastal cities — and 35 departures on affiliates American Eagle and American Connection, many of which serve cities in the Midwest and Great Plains.

The figure of 43 flights cut includes some which have already taken effect. As of June 5, American ran 145 daily flights from St. Louis. By November, when the cuts announced today will take effect, it will have 116.

Direct service will be cut to Orange County, Calif., Baltimore, Md., Columbus, Ohio, Springfield, Mo., and New York’s JFK International Airport. Other routes will see frequencies cut back, and in some cases American Airlines flights will be replaced with smaller planes flown by affiliates.

American says any passengers holding tickets on an affected flight will be re-accommodated.

Check back later today for more, and read tomorrow’s Post-Dispatch for a complete story.

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