American Airlines eliminates 20 unprofitable flights from St. Louis


American Airlines ended its nonstop service in St. Louis to 20 cities, including Milwaukee and Madison, after Monday’s flights.

This move was part of American’s larger plan announced in September to “eliminate unprofitable flying.”

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The airline cut St. Louis service to Atlanta; Austin; Des Moines; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Fla.; Madison; Milwaukee; Minneapolis; Nashville; Newark, N.J.; New Orleans; Norfolk, Va.; Oklahoma City; Orlando; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Richmond, Va.; San Francisco; San Antonio; Washington, D.C., and Wichita, Kan.

Fort Worth, Texas-based American, a subsidiary of AMR Corp., was long the top carrier at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. It’s now been surpassed by Dallas-based Southwest Airlines.

American now has 36 daily flights in St. Louis to nine destinations, down from more than 80 flights to 30 destinations last fall. The American cuts reduced the nonstop service available among all Lambert carriers to 58 cities, down from 70 last fall.

“It is unfortunate that American Airlines has chosen to downsize this hub,” Valerie Wise, air service and business development manager at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. said in a statement. “The St. Louis route performed well from Wichita. We will continue to work to find a carrier to resume this service.”