AA nixing new flight at Charlotte Douglas, ‘evaluating' another

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A new American Airlines flight that started this winter at Charlotte Douglas International Airport has already run its course.

A Charlotte-based spokeswoman for American Airlines Group Inc. confirmed the carrier will end its nonstop flight between CLT and Tucson International Airport in Arizona, effective Feb. 14. That’s nearly exactly a year from when the flight started in February of this year.

“We build our network to provide access to the destinations our customers value. Demand, competition, economic conditions and other factors affect profitability, which ultimately drive strategic schedule adjustments, like the CLT-TUS cancellation,” AA spokeswoman Crystal Byrd told CBJ in an email. “The route has been underperforming, but we will continue to serve TUS from DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport), LAX (Los Angeles International Airport), ORD (Chicago O’Hare International Airport) and PHX (Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport).”

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Once the flight ends early next year, Phoenix will remain as the only destination in Arizona to which American Airlines offers nonstop service from Charlotte Douglas.

In addition, Byrd said American Airlines is “still evaluating plans” for its nonstop flight to Mineta San Jose International Airport in California, which started in the summer of 2016 as a seasonal flight.

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