Due to pilot shortage, American Airlines will discontinue service to some airports in Iowa, New York, and Ohio beginning in September.
The services will end on September 7 at the Dubuque Regional Airport in Iowa, the Long Island MacArthur Airport and the Ithaca Tompkins International Airport in New York, and the Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport in Ohio, according to a company statement provided to NBC News on Wednesday.
An American Airlines statement cited a “regional pilot shortage affecting the airline industry” as the reason for the “difficult decision” to cut ties with the four airports.
“We’re extremely grateful for the care and service our team members provided to our customers in Dubuque, Islip, Ithaca and Toledo, and are working closely with them during this time. We’ll proactively reach out to customers scheduled to travel after this date to offer alternate arrangements,” according to the airline statement.
According to the company, American Airlines currently operates twice daily flights from the four affected airports.
American Airlines’ decided to cancel service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) out of Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport (TOL) beginning September 7, 2022. The decision was made solely by the airline, primarily due to a shortage of regional pilots.
Representatives from the three other affected airports could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.
According to the pilots’ union, more than 1,300 Southwest Airlines pilots walked the picket line in Dallas on Tuesday, protesting what they call unfair working conditions and inadequate pay.
Pilots from all over the commercial airline industry have raised concerns about chronic staffing shortages, which have forced carriers to delay or cancel flights.
The Southwest Pilots have been in contract negotiations with the company for more than two years with no meaningful progress toward a new contract.