American Airlines Loses Bid To Restore DCA-MacArthur Route.
American Airlines has lost its bid to restore a route from Reagan National Airport to Long Island MacArthur Airport, according to local media.
According to Newsday, a Long Island media outlet:
…says the federal Department of Transportation last month awarded two available slots at Reagan Washington National Airport to Southwest Airlines, which proposed flights between D.C. and Kansas City, Missouri.
The DOT cited Southwest’s bigger planes, low fares and passenger demand for the Kansas City route for its decision.
The paper says the Islip Town-owned MacArthur Airport will continue to look for carriers for the facility.
Following a 2013 merger, American Airlines is the parent company of US Airways, one of the two airlines currently operating at MacArthur.
American Airlines declined to comment.