Saturday, August 30, 2008

It's Not Just Small Airports Being Cut by Airlines

Small airports are not the only ones to be affected by the U.S. airlines capacity cuts being made, New York City is loosing a significant number of flights.

Flying to New York directly from a number of U.S. cities will not be possible starting the end of August. Carriers, which are reducing capacity by 17%, have eliminated service from New York to 25 U.S. cities and drastically cut flights to another 55.

Continental Airlines will end flights to Tucson, Ariz. around the same time.

The Binghamton flight route is one of 16 that Delta is cutting from its lineup. Continental and American Airlines are each eliminating 14 routes. Other cities to which New Yorkers will no longer have direct service include Memphis, Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Continental is also halting flights to Sarasota, Fla. and American Airlines is reducing flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to Crain’s.

Now, not only will fewer airlines offer direct flights from New York to major cities, such as Atlanta or Daytona Beach, Fla., those airlines will also reduce the number of flights they offer to those cities. This will cause ticket prices to soar, Crain’s reported. Travelers will also face less convenient arrival and departure times, more crowded flights and more stopovers.

Nonstop flights to some international cities, like Bangkok, will also disappear, according to Crain’s. Thai Airways canceled its nonstop flights to Kennedy International Airport.

New Yorkers can also forget about direct flights to Bologna, Naples and Palermo, Italy; Bucharest, Romania; Cologne, Germany; Knock, Ireland; Lagos, Nigeria; Liverpool, London-Luton and London-Stansted, England; and Papeete, Tahiti.

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