American Airlines and US Airways, the two giant commercial airlines of the United States recently completed their pending merger formalities. Both the airlines received a green signal from the concerned authorities last year creating the world’s largest airlines group. Post the merger speculation was rife that the American Airlines Group Inc. might announce a shake up in the existing route.
As per the reports, the group is considering a change to its network at the New York La Guardia Airport and Washington Reagan National Airport. American Airlines is set to discontinue year-long daily non-stop service between Washington and 17 other destinations across the United States and the Caribbean. The carrier will not offer airline tickets to cities including Augusta, Detroit, Fort Walton Beach, Jacksonville in North Carolina, Little Rock, Minneapolis, Myrtle Beach, Nassau in Bahamas, Omaha, Pensacola, San Diego, Savannah, Tallahassee, and Wilmington. Authorities are working towards the sale of these slots and the result is expected soon. However, the airline is planning to launch second daily nonstop flight between Washington Reagan and Los Angeles. It will also convert the current year-round service to Fort Myers from year-round to seasonable.
It will suspend nonstop service to Atlanta, Cleveland, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. However, passengers can start planning and booking their tickets for new routes that will be launched to cities including Charlottesville, Little Rock, Roanoke, Dayton, Louisville, Wilmington, Greensboro, Norfolk, Knoxville, and Richmond from New York La Guardia. The sale of slots at this airport was finalized in the month of December 2013.