American Airlines axes RDM-LAX flights; adds second flight to PHX

American Airlines will stop flying from Redmond to Los Angeles later this year but will add a second flight to Phoenix, RDM Airport Director Zach Bass confirmed Monday.

The cuts are part of a broader scaleback American is making as COVID-19 continues to hamper the airline industry.

Bass said he couldn’t add any more details on the service change, only that it wasn’t happening immediately.

“This was one of the most challenging quarters in American’s history,” Chairman and CEO Doug Parker said in a statement. “COVID-19 and the resulting shutdown of the U.S. economy have caused severe disruptions to global demand for air travel.”

American added daily direct service from RDM to LAX in 2013.

In a press release discussing strategies for the remainder of the year, the airline said air travel was picking up some, but not coming close to 2019 levels.

“While May and June revenue trends were encouraging, demand has weakened somewhat during July as COVID-19 cases have increased and new travel restrictions have been put into place,” the statement said. “The company will continue to match its forward capacity with observed bookings trends and presently expects its third quarter system capacity to be down approximately 60% year over year.”

In early January, Alaska Airlines announced it was adding two new daily direct flights from Redmond to Los Angeles and San Diego and in March added daily service to San Francisco.

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