American to Drop 2 Key Boston Routes

American will abandon nonstop service from Logan to BWI Airport in Maryland and to Orlando Int'l Airport in Florida.


Fornaro added that "with three airlines flying from Boston to Orlando, who needs a fourth? It is a highly competitive route, and it's going to be a tough one for anybody but a low-cost carrier to be on that route." AirTran's Dec. 21 launch of daily direct service to Orlando follows its start-up earlier this month of new flights to Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers.

One of the reasons why American is pulling out of Boston-Baltimore is that the airline has been using 40-seat regional jets, which are far more expensive measured per available seat than AirTran's full-sized Boeing 717 and 737 jets, said Kasper, the aviation consultant.

From Boston, American has been able to successfully use those same small planes to compete with the Delta and US Airways shuttles serving LaGuardia Airport in New York and Reagan National. But on the run to Baltimore, "There's probably not enough business traffic" to create enough extra profits from top-fare last-minute travelers to overcome the cost differential, Kasper said.



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