American Airlines Further Retreats In NYC and Shifts Doha Flights to Philadelphia

by Anthony Losanno
American Plane

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American Airlines will shift its flights from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH) to its hub at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). It’s speculated that since the Northeast Alliance with JetBlue dissolved, the Dallas-based carrier looks to further cut international operations in New York.


Doha is just the latest route cut from its New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) hub. American Airlines now only flies internationally to:

  • Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (ATH)
  • Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN)
  • London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
  • Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
  • Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
  • Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
  • Ben Gurion Airport (TLV)

Flights from New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH) will end on October 29th. Without feeder traffic from JetBlue connections, American would have struggled to make this route work despite the financial incentives that Ben at One Mile at a Time mentioned. It’s still partnered with Qatar Airways and will be able to offer seamless connections on its oneworld® alliance partner from Doha with these new flights departing from Philadelphia.

American seems far more interested in its domestic operations and does not offer anywhere near the number of countries served (48 countries with many in Central and South America) as United Airlines (74 countries) and slightly less than Delta Air Lines (57 countries).

Anthony’s Take: American Airlines has been shrinking its international presence for some time. Without JetBlue, its focus on New York will also die down as it does not have the presence to compete with Delta or United internationally. Doha may only survive in Philly as long as the financial incentives are maintained.

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FrequentWanderer August 4, 2023 - 2:51 pm

The future of AA is in the SunBelt. JFK/LGA not so much. Just think how much stronger PHL could have been by now, if AA hadn’t wasted so much time trying so hard to be #3 in NYC.

CMax August 4, 2023 - 3:25 pm

QR needed temporary lift as they were short of widebodies. AA was just helping out, and QR will most likely be back to 3 daily DOH-JFK soon.

Christian August 4, 2023 - 5:38 pm

American’s insane death spiral at JFK is an exercise on what not to do. They cut feeder flights and then are stunned that the long haul flights aren’t as full so they cut back those. Then they’re shocked that with their intentionally diminishing presence at JFK people are choosing to fly other airlines. Who knew? For the love of god they don’t even fly JFK-CDG. Bob Crandall is doubtless rolling over in his grave over the truly impressive, almost inspiring, stupidity that AA management is showing by abandoning the most important international city in the country. The HP management team just isn’t competent at running a large full service U.S. airline.


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