American Airlines to trim Cuba flight schedules

NEW YORK: American Airlines Group Inc will cut nearly 25 per cent of its flights to Cuba in 2017, a company spokesman said, attributing the move to travel demand rather than the election of Republican Donald Trump as US president.
Starting in mid-February, American, the world’s largest airline, will offer one trip a day instead of two from Miami to Holguin, Santa Clara and Varadero, reducing its daily service to 10 round-trip flights from the current 13, spokesman Matt Miller said in a telephone interview.
The airline also hopes to lower the airplane capacity on three of the routes in a move to prop up prices. It will place a 128-seat aircraft between Miami and Holguin instead of a 160-seater, and hopes to contract out Camaguey and Cienfuegos flights to a regional carrier that would use 76-seat aircraft, pending US regulatory approval. The regional partner is Republic Airways Holdings Inc.
“This was done purely to remain competitive in the market,” Miller said. “We can’t speculate on what the next administration may do.” — Reuters