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These are the small towns that will lose their air services from September

ByKimberly A. Brochu

Jul 19, 2022

Next chaos with the airlines this summersmaller towns will lose service as airlines turn away before the end of the year.

It looks like smaller cities such as Toledo, Ohio, Dubuque, Iowa and Ithaca and Islip in New York will lose some of their air service from major airlines. United, American Airlines and Delta will all make significant reductions in air service from those cities starting in September.

The news changes things dramatically for travelers and regulars at these smaller and less busy airports in the United States. For example, residents of Toledo will have to drive almost an hour to get to the next closest airport after the change.

Residents of the city of Dubuque have similar travel dilemmas. With American airlines confirming its withdrawal, the city will lose its only airline.

In a statementMolly Grover, President and CEO of the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce said, “We are extremely disappointed to learn of American Airlines’ decision to leave Dubuque.

“Unfortunately, this is the current trend in the aviation industry and regional airports are bearing the biggest impact.”

Dubuque Mayor Brad Cavanagh said, American Airlines has been a longstanding partner for many years in Dubuque. We fully understand that this is a national issue with several airlines and airports announcing cancellations and reductions in air services.

Small towns will lose air services from September

The Regional Airline Association announced that 188 communities have lost at least 25% of their air service since the start of the pandemic or during the first half of 2022.

With rising fuel and crew costs, the likelihood of the travel industry changing and reprioritizing regional flights becomes real. With the course pilot shortagemany believe other small towns are also at risk of losing air service. CBS News reporting that before the end of the year, cities in Wisconsin and Minnesota, Eureka and Chico in California, and small regional airports in Arkansas and Alabama may also lose air service .

In other travel trends, the loss of air service in some areas could lead to an increase in carpooling. This is not only a regional trend but also an international one in some parts of the world.

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