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American Airlines stops flying to Dubuque, Islip, Ithaca, Toledo

American Airlines Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet is seen on its final approach landing at New York JFK International Airport in NY, on February 13, 2020.

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American Airlines plans to reduce service to four US cities in September, including Dubuque, Iowa, which will completely lose scheduled commercial air service.

The Fort Worth-based carrier blames service cuts on shortage of pilots in the region. American, United Airlines and Delta Airlines once scaled back service between several smaller cities and their hubs, citing a lack of airline aircraft.

Dubuque, Toledo, Ohio, Islip and Ithaca in New York will each lose service from American on September 7, after Labor Day. “We will proactively contact customers scheduled to travel after this date to offer alternative arrangements,” American said in a statement.

The airports are served by regional subsidiaries of American Airlines. Last week, service providers pilot salary increase in an attempt to prevent shortagethis comes after several airlines dropped pilots during the pandemic only to be caught on foot as travel demand picked up again.

Holly Kemler, a spokeswoman for Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Airport Express, said airport staff were “deeply disappointed” by American’s decision.

“Please note, this decision was made solely by the airline, mainly due to a shortage of pilots in the region,” she said. “Unfortunately, we understand that this is a continuing trend today in the aviation industry.”

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American Airlines said the cities will still be served by flights at other airports between 45 miles and 120 miles away.

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