Earlier I wrote about American’s nine new routes to Europe, eight of which are seasonal.
American shared that they’ve be eliminating Chicago – Shanghai and reducing Chicago – Tokyo service while adding plenty of flying to Europe.
They’re also cutting plenty of other service too. In fact they are cutting more than they are adding.
- Philadelphia will lose Frankfurt and Munich service. This offsets the addition of Dallas and Charlotte to Munich.
- They’re dropping Dallas-Fort Worth – Pueblo, Mexico and closing that station December 18.
- Chicago isn’t just losing Shanghai, American is eliminating Chicago – Manchester, U.K. as well.
- Los Angeles – Toronto is being eliminated, though they plan to offer special event non-stops such as for the Toronto Film Festival. Los Angeles also loses one of two daily Mexico City frequencies.
- New York JFK loses Dublin. Their seasonal service ends in late October and will not return. So the Dallas – Dublin flight isn’t really growth to Europe. New York is also losing Edinburgh service, so the new Philadelphia – Edinburgh flight actually just continues the shift away from New York to Philadelphia as the carrier’s transatlantic gateway.
- New York JFK – Port-au-Prince and Fort Lauderdale – Port-au-Prince are being eliminated.
Including Shanghai and Tokyo which were part of American’s announcement, in total 12 routes are being reduced or eliminated as the airline promotes the addition of 9 new routes.
With the elimination of New York JFK flights they appear positioned to easily drop the Boeing 757 from New York service, which would accomplish a goal of fleet simplification and focusing aircraft on specific cities for maintenance purposes. Overall though New York is losing flights and not gaining offsetting service, as American has fallen to a clear fourth place in country’s largest aviation market.
In general they seem to be moving away from competing against other airlines, whether it’s JetBlue to Haiti or Air Canada to Toronto.
The clear exception seems to be entering the Charlotte – Munich market that is currently serviced by Lufthansa. That’s always appeared to be one of Lufthansa’s weaker flights, and I was surprised to see it continue after US Airways left Star Alliance removing Lufthansa’s connecting traffic beyond Charlotte which helped support the flight. I wonder if this could cause Lufthansa to pull out of Charlotte.