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American Dropping Long Beach Airport Route Starting March 1st

Announced Jan. 6, American Airlines ($AAL) will no longer operate to the SoCal airport. The airline currently operates three daily flights from Long Beach (LGB) to Phoenix Intl. (PHX) and has stated that the route "isn't meeting performance expectations." American currently has ~50 employees based out of Long Beach, and will seek to relocate them into "other areas of operations." The route will remain bookable through Feb. 28. This route isn't the only one being dropped; American says that, "due to pilot shortages and soft demand," they will be discontinuing service this spring in Columbus, GA (CSG) & Del Rio, TX (DRT.) The route-drop from Del Rio is a needed route; Laughlin AFB is the most substantial Air Force pilot training base and will affect some 35,000 people surrounding the base. Southwest Airlines ($LUV) will continue to operate out of PHX.

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