American Airlines is to axe its Manchester Airport route to New York’s JFK from next summer.
All those currently booked on a flight will be offered a refund or alternative service.
The New York route, currently flown daily by American Airlines, is also offered by three other operators, which means there are three alternative services a day to the Big Apple.
A mainstay at Manchester Airport for 31 years, American Airlines has offered reassurance that its routes to Chicago and Philadelphia remain unchanged.
Although American Airlines flies with an B767 or an B757, Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook use an A330 – a superior model – for their JFK services.
United Airlines, meanwhile, flies into Newark.
An American Airlines spokesman said they were cutting the route to ‘maximise their fleet and profitability while matching customer demand’.
He added: “Many factors influence network planning decisions – route performance is monitored over time to ensure that American is better positioning itself for long-term success against global competition.
“It is for this reason that American’s seasonal service from Manchester (MAN) to New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) will not resume in summer 2018.
“Those customers affected will be contacted to make alternative travel arrangements or to be offered a full refund.”
The airline will continue to fly to Chicago and Philadelphia.
A spokesman added: “Both of these cities offer customers travelling from Manchester a wealth of onward connections throughout North America. In addition, American Airlines and its partner British Airways continue to offer extensive daily services to North America by connecting through London Heathrow.”
A Manchester Airport spokesman described the decision as ‘disappointing’.
But he added: “Passengers will still have the choice of up to three direct services a day to the Big Apple with Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines and Thomas Cook Airlines.
“Passengers wishing to fly with American Airlines will also still be able to use its services to Chicago and Philadelphia.
“Manchester Airport continues to offer a great choice of flights to the USA for the 22 million people in our catchment area with 13 direct US destinations – more than any airport outside of London.”
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