American Air cuts back flights |

American Air cuts back flights

Susan Wood

American Airlines is eliminating three flights from its lineup out of the Reno/Tahoe International Airport.

Two flights to and from San Jose will be cut April 1, leaving Southwest Airlines to serve passengers wanting to take that route.

American is also taking away one of its three flights to the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Delta Airlines also serves the Texas market.

Although no markets were lost in the reduction of flights, the Washoe County Airport Authority expressed dismay regarding American Airlines’ move and its timing.

The air carrier told the airport authority Tuesday, giving it no chance of keeping the airlines from pulling back from the airport.

“We’re disappointed American didn’t give us a planned notice,” airport authority spokesman Adam Mayberry said. “If we would have had planned notice, we could have made a case to keep the flights.”

Mayberry also called into question how the airport authority discovered the action by the carrier. Apparently, an American Airlines employee told an airport authority staffer.

American Airlines maintains 10 flights in and out of the Reno airport, with markets serving Los Angeles and Chicago.

The cutback stings because the airport authority is trying to turn the tide the other way. With negotiations like those with Frontier Airlines on tap, the airport authority wants to add airlines and flights since American bought Reno Air last July, pulling the airport’s hub status.

Southwest is the airport’s largest carrier, accounting for about half of the airport passengers in the last few months.

Beyond American, Southwest and Delta, carriers include America West, Alaska, Continental, United and Northwest airlines.

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