American service axed from Stansted

AMERICAN Airlines has today announced that it is to axe its service between Stansted Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) next month.

AMERICAN Airlines has today announced that it is to axe its service between Stansted Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) next month.

The service was launched in October 2007 but the last flight will now depart from the Essex airport on July 2.

The airline said the decision is among a number of reductions to American's flight schedule as part of the airline's plans to reduce costs.

It also comes in the wake of skyrocketing fuel prices and a softening economy.

The airline has said customers affected will be contacted from next week and given alternative flights.

Nick Barton, Strategy and Solutions Director Stansted Airport said: “We're obviously disappointed by today's announcement from American Airlines that it plans to cease its Stansted operations in July.

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“Today's decision is reflective of the global situation, especially relating to rising oil prices and the current economic environment, and is part of a number of cutbacks being made by American Airlines across its domestic and international network.

“We continue to work closely with airlines keen to commence services from Stansted and with those already here looking to further develop their existing European networks. Let there be no mistake, we remain confident in the prospects for the development of long-haul operations at Stansted.”

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