From 271 to 13: American suspends most NYC flights amid coronavirus crisis; demand ‘evaporating’

American Airlines is suspending most of its flights to the New York metropolitan area on Tuesday as travel demand evaporates to the U.S epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

American will operate just 13 daily flights to LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports through May 6, compared with 271 a year ago.

“As coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in New York City and the surrounding region continue to increase, along with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for travel to the area, the demand for flights to the New York area is rapidly evaporating,” David Seymour, American’s senior vice president of operations, said in a statement late Sunday.

American said it will only operate these flights in April:

LaGuardia; Two daily flights to its Charlotte, North Carolina, and Dallas hubs. One daily flight to Boston, Chicago, Miami and Washington, D.C.

JFK: One daily flight to Dallas, Charlotte and Miami.

Newark: One daily flight to Dallas and Charlotte.

The announcement comes a day after United slashed flights to the metro area. Spirit Airlines, JetBlue and other carriers had already suspended service since New York is a coronavirus hotspot.

Credit: USA Today

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