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American to temporarily drop 1 of its flights to Chicago

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, August 20, 2012, at 4:43 p.m.

American Airlines is cutting one of four daily flights from Wichita to Chicago in November as it makes a seasonal adjustment to its flight schedule.

The airline is cutting its 1:30 p.m. flight to Chicago beginning Nov. 16.

It plans to reinstate the service on April 2, said Valerie Wise, Wichita Mid-Continent Airport air service and business development manager.

With the change, Wichita Mid-Continent Airport will offer eight daily flights to Chicago: three on American and five on United Airlines.

American is also adjusting departure times for the three remaining flights from Wichita, an American spokesman said.

The airline also offers four daily flights from Wichita to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Flights to Chicago have been full this summer.

But traffic begins to slow in the fall, Wise said.

“This isn’t really anything unusual,” Wise said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some of the other airlines do the same.”

Airlines overall have been cutting flights and raising fares as they try to grow revenues and cut costs.

American serves the Wichita market with 44-seat and 50-seat regional jets.

Contact Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com.

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