June 25, 2008

American Airlines Will Slash 42 D/FW Flights This Fall

By Trebor Banstetter, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas

Jun. 25--American Airlines and regional partner American Eagle will slash 42 flights from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport this fall as it reduces its overall capacity by about 12 percent, the carrier said Wednesday.

The airline is also eliminating flights from Chicago, St. Louis and LaGuardia Airport in New York. The cutbacks will reduce costs and will likely be accompanied by higher fares.

American, which is based in Fort Worth, will eliminate service entirely to Oakland, Calif., Stansted Airport in London and Barranquilla, Colombia.

American Eagle will eliminate service in Albany, N.Y.; Providence, R.I.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Samana, Dominican Republic; and Lan Luis Obispo, Calif.

In a prepared statement, airline officials said they "regret the potential impact these schedule changes will have on its people."

American is in the process of determining the overall impact on employees, but thousands of jobs are expected to be cut. Officials said Wednesday that they intend to offer voluntary buyouts before any layoffs.

The announced schedule reductions, which will take place in November, include:

* D/FW Airport: 19 American departures, 23 American Eagle departures

* Chicago O'Hare Airport: 28 American flights, 34 Eagle flights

* St. Louis Lambert Field: 8 American departures, 35 AmericanConnection flights.

* New York LaGuardia: 5 American flights, 37 Eagle departures.

Shares of AMR Corp., American's parent (ticker: AMR), were up 20 cents at $5.92 in trading Wednesday afternoon.

Trebor Banstetter, (817) 390-7064


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