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January 09, 2012

American cuts Chicago-New Delhi, DFW-Burbank, Calif. routes and 150 employees

American Airlines announced Monday that it will cancel its Chicago-New Delhi service and stop its Dallas/Fort Worth-Burbank, Calif. route this spring.

The Fort Worth-based carrier said it also will lay off 150 airport-related employees as part of "operational and business changes" that occurred before its parent company, AMR Corp., filed for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection in November.

American said the New Delhi flights will end on March 1. The carrier has flown that route since 2005 using a three-class Boeing 777-200 aircraft on the 14-plus hour flight.

The DFW-Burbank service will stop on February 9 as American exits the Burbank market. The carrier added that American does not employ any ground workers in Burbank as it uses a third-party contractor.

American said that it was laying off workers in its airport services workgroup because it lost a U.S. Postal Service domestic mail contract and was closing its ground service equipment refurbishment shop in St. Louis.

There is no impact on DFW workers, said American spokesman Tim Smith.

-Andrea Ahles

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