REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) – With the journey trade nonetheless in upheaval on account of COVID-19, the Redmond Municipal Airport is dropping its American Airways day by day flight to Los Angeles, however gaining a second American day by day flight to Phoenix, Airport Supervisor Zachary Bass stated Monday.
Bass confirmed the phrase RDM had acquired amid on-line experiences that American is ending flights between LAX and 6 cities, a part of a broad set of cuts throughout its route map. The opposite airports dropping their LAX flights, the experiences say, embody Eugene, Medford, Fresno, San Diego and Louisville, Kentucky.
In Redmond, Bass stated, American is “going to take the aircraft from LA, which has a lot more competition, and add a second Phoenix” flight.
Alaska Airways (which introduced final week a brand new San Jose-RDM flight beginning in March) and United even have day by day flights to LA out of Redmond, Bass famous.
“So it’s not the loss of a destination – it’s the loss of an airline to a destination,” the airport supervisor stated.
Bass famous that “Alaska and United are flying larger planes” than American on the RDM-LAX route, so the airline had been dropping market share.
Redmond Airport has been again as much as about 40 p.c of regular boardings – a far cry from the meager 5 p.c passenger rely within the worst of the COVID-19 hit, however nonetheless a major downturn, Bass stated. He expressed concern that surges in case counts might maintain issues powerful.
“Everything’s kind of changed,” Bass stated. “Usually, six months out, we knew the schedule. Now it’s (changing) almost weekly.”