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American Airlines will discontinue service to four cities due to a pilot shortage

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Due to a lack of pilots, American Airlines will stop serving four cities.

As of Sept. 7, the airline will no longer serve Islip or Ithaca in New York; Toledo, Ohio; or Dubuque, Iowa.

Currently, regional affiliates of American Airlines provide up to two daily flights to the bigger hubs in each of the four locations.

“We have 100 regional aircraft on the ground that we want to fly but can’t due to lack of regional pilots,” American Airlines spokesperson Brian Metham said in a statement. “Like many network carriers, we have reduced our regional flying in recent months in response to the regional pilot shortage.”

Each of the four locations losing service will still have American service at other airports that are fewer than 100 miles away. In order to improve its operation this summer, the airline said it is also taking additional measures, such as raising regional pilot pay rates.

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