Airlines suspending service to 61 airports due to pilot shortages: Here’s the no-fly list

As operating costs rise and pilot shortages become more difficult to manage, the airline industry is making service cuts that are affecting several airports.

According to Ailevon Pacific Aviation Consulting, American, Delta and United have suspended service at 61 airports since the pandemic began, despite increased customer demand for flights in the United States.

The pandemic rocked the airline industry, bringing it to a near halt as flight demand slumped to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Now that travel is resuming as COVID restrictions ease, Americans want to book vacations, but cancellations and delays are wreaking havoc for many travelers.

Airlines are grappling with how to ramp up operations after massive cuts have shed staff, particularly pilots, to contain costs at the height of the pandemic and travel troughs. Now Delta, American and United want to expand their operations while hiring trained pilots as quickly as possible and keeping costs to a minimum.

As a result, the three legacy airlines have significantly cut their flight services, citing staffing constraints and poor performance on the routes. According to Ailevon Pacific’s most recent Weekly Airline Schedule Update, American has eliminated 14 airports from its flight schedule, while Delta has eliminated 13 airports and United has eliminated 33 airports in the United States.

According to the report, American’s flight cuts since April 2020, when the pandemic first hit the industry, include:

  • Oakland, California
  • New Haven, Connecticut
  • Dubuque, Iowa
  • Sioux City, Iowa
  • Duluth, Minnesota
  • Meridian, Mississippi
  • Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • Joplin, Missouri
  • Islip, New York
  • Ithaca, New York
  • Stewart, New York
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming

Delta’s cuts since April 2020 have included airports such as:

  • Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • McKinleyville, California
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Durango, Colo
  • Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Peoria, Illinois
  • Flintstone, Michigan
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Stewart, New York
  • New Bern, North Carolina
  • Akron, Ohio
  • Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Erie, Pennsylvania

United saw service for those airports also ceased as of April 2020, Ailevon Pacific said.

  • Texarkana, Arkansas
  • Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Stockton, California
  • Alamosa, Colorado
  • Destin, Fla
  • Tallahassee, Fla
  • Twin Falls, Idaho
  • Evansville, Indiana
  • Paducah, Kentucky
  • Alexandria, Louisiana
  • Monroe, Louisiana
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Lansing, Michigan
  • Rochester, Minnesota
  • Columbia, Missouri
  • Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
  • Cape Girardeau, Missouri
  • Kearney, Nebraska
  • Oddensburg, New York
  • Plattsburgh, New York
  • Pierre, South Dakota
  • Watertown, South Dakota
  • Abilene, Texas
  • College Station, Texas
  • Killeen, Texas
  • San Angelo, Texas
  • Shenandoah, Va
  • Everett, Washington
  • Clarksburg, West Virginia
  • Lewisburg, West Virginia
  • Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Mosinee, Wisconsin

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