American Airlines CEO warns of more service reductions looming

American Airlines CEO warns of more service reductions looming
(MELISSA KEY)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The CEO of American Airlines Group Inc., which has a major hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, is warning that the carrier will need to discontinue service to additional U.S. cities if more relief from the federal government doesn’t arrive soon.

“We can’t continue to wait,” Chief Executive Doug Parker told CNBC in a recent interview. “There will absolutely be discontinuation of service to small communities, and there will be much less service to larger communities.”

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That warning comes as lawmakers and the White House continue to tussle over terms for new aid and stimulus payments for airlines, small businesses and individuals.

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Some positions being filled at American Airlines despite layoffs, furloughs,