July 23, 2014

American ceasing Bradley nonstop to Los Angeles

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American Airlines on Aug. 18 will stop flying nonstop from Los Angeles to Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, less than a year after it started, the airline and the airport confirmed late Tuesday.

The loss of Bradley's only nonstop flight to the West Coast is the first major blow to the Connecticut Airport Authority, a quasi-public agency founded in 2011 in order to be more responsive to the market than the state Department of Transportation.

Enhancement of Bradley's nonstop flight network is the No. 1 goal of the CAA with the focus on nonstop to the West Coast and Europe. The Los Angeles nonstop, which was announced in April 2013 and started that August, was the most high-profile addition to Bradley's network since the CAA took over.

"We are hoping to get that flight back soon," CAA spokesman John Wallace said. "The airline has to get the right formula to make sure their margins are right."

American Airlines constantly evaluates its network to maximize profittability and match customer demand, and that process found that the Hartford-Los Angeles nonstop should not continue, said American spokeswoman Jenna Arnold.

The Los Angeles flights were operating at about 80 percent capacity, Wallace said, but American wasn't getting a high enough yield per seat to make the flight economical.

With the loss of Los Angeles, the westernmost nonstop out of Bradley is to Las Vegas.

American and its partner US Airways will continue its Bradley nonstops to Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Charlotte, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, said Arnold.

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