American Airlines to End Nonstop New York to San Juan Service
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American Airlines announced today that it’s ending nonstop service between New York (JFK) and San Juan (SJU), effective August 22, 2017. AA currently serves the route with 2x daily service. American will continue 21 daily flights between Miami (MIA), Philadelphia (PHL), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW) and Charlotte (CLT) and SJU. So, beginning August 22, travelers from New York will have to make a connection in one of those cities in order to get to San Juan on AA.
As originally reported by Routes Online, we confirmed with an AA spokesperson, who said: “We continually evaluate our network, looking at supply and demand for each route we serve. We want to ensure our fleet and crews are serving routes that are profitable, better positioning us for long term success against global competition.”
The NYC-SJU market is a large one, now dominated by JetBlue. This summer, the New York-based carrier offers 7x or 8x daily flights from New York to San Juan, depending on the day. Delta offers 4x daily service between NYC and San Juan during the summer, and United offers 3x daily service from Newark (EWR) every day of the week except Saturday, when it offers 4x daily flights. In addition, Southwest launched 1x weekly Saturday service between EWR and San Juan (SJU) late last year.
The move to end this San Juan service comes not long after American announced that it would cut back its service to Cuba. AA operates service from Miami to several cities in Cuba, but it has downgraded the aircraft it uses to operate those routes. While this move to end JFK-SJU service might seem to be surprising, it continues the pattern of the airline cutting flights in San Juan — it was once a hub for AA, but the airline “de-hubbed” SJU in 2013 and has continued to reduce service to the airport.
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