American Airlines will further shrink at Los Angeles International Airport, ceding a number of domestic routes to Alaska Airlines as it focuses on its more profitable hubs.
American Airlines LAX Routes Cuts
AA will drop service between Los Angeles and:
- Eugene (EUG)
- Fresno (FAT)
- Louisville (SDF)
- Medford (MFR)
- Redmond (RDM)
- San Diego (SAN)
Although not officially a coordinated effort, Alaska Airlines already serves Redmond and will add service to Eugene, Fresno, and Medford from LAX. Cranky Flier calls this “playing with fire,” noting the closer ties between Alaska Airlines and American Airlines may invite regulatory anti-trust scrutiny. I’m not convinced that would be the case, no matter what happens in November. We are in such an unprecedented time in U.S. aviation history and I suspect that any government will recognize that survival will include shedding some duplicative routes. In the case of these flights, United Airlines will continue to serve all cities from Los Angeles except for Redmond and Louisville.
To compensate for the route cuts, American Airlines will increase service to Eugene, Medford, and Redmond from its Phoenix (PHX) hub from one flight to two flights per day.
American Airlines has scaled back its growth plans for August after a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, cutting its already-reduced schedule by another 11%. While some cuts are to Canada, Hawaii, and Mexico, where travel restrictions have been extended, many domestic routes are also being suspended or reduced. AA’s surge in flights in June or July proved fruitful until states began to shut down again over the last two weeks.
American Airlines continues to shrink at LAX in light of falling demand and other competitive pressures. Although the West Coast routes will still be served by Alaska and United, the further shrinking of AA at LAX in favor of PHX suggests American will cede more flying to Alaska or JetBlue, whether officially or not.
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