BREAKING: American Airlines Slashing 90% of NYC Area Flights

by Miles Jackson

American Airlines has cut more than 90% of New York City flights for at least a month because of the coronavirus.

On Sunday, American Airlines announced it was slashing its flights to the New York City area by more than 90%. This is direct reaction to New York City as a coronavirus hotspot. This made flight loads remarkably low; in an already depressed market.

New York State had more than 120,000 reported cases of COVID2019, the coronavirus. New York City reported more than 67,500 cases with 2,472 deaths.

In a memo to the airlines employees, David Seymour, American’s senior vice president of operations, wrote:

As coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in New York City and the surrounding region continues to increase, along with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for travel to the area, the demand for flights to the New York area is rapidly evaporating.
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American Airlines Slashing Flights to from NYC

Limited Flights to/from NYC

The carrier will operate 8 flights from LaGuardia Airport, down from about 170 in April a year ago, and just 3 flights from JFK; down from 80 departures in the same period last year.

JetBlue Airways and United Airlines already announced drastically reduced NYC-area services.

The Upshot

Let this sink in: For the first time in 80 years, American Airlines won’t have a nonstop flight between Los Angeles and New York City!

With drastic cuts by all of the major domestic carriers, one has to ask again if President Trump May Ban Domestic Flights to Curb Coronavirus?

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Tony April 6, 2020 - 12:08 am

Hardly breaking news when every airline is doing it lol

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Miles Jackson April 6, 2020 - 12:45 am

Tony-
For American Airlines it is big news and serves as an indicator of the issues facing the airlines and the hard decisions which are therefore required. Thanks for reading and your comment.

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Miles Jackson April 6, 2020 - 8:07 pm

Bruce-
That’s a tough question. You may want to contact the IRS directly at (800) 829-1040. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time. I am not a professional tax preparer or tax attorney. Hope this helps you get a solution to your issue. Thanks for reading.

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