American to pull out of Chicago Midway
American Airlines will stop flying out of Chicago’s Midway Airport on Sept. 1, according to the Chicago Tribune (free registration). American and subsidiary American Eagle currently offer five daily flights from Chicago Midway to AA’s hub at Dallas/Fort Worth. AA officials wouldn’t confirm to the paper that the airline would end service there, but city aviation officials say the airline notified them of its intent to halt the flights. "They've been in and out of Midway like a yo-yo over the years," airline analyst Michael Boyd says. "This isn't a market that does a whole lot for them." AA, however, will maintain its large hub presence across town at Chicago O’Hare. Even though AA passengers currently account for only 2% of Midway’s total, the Tribune writes the airline’s “departure increases the dominance of discount airlines” at the city’s Southside airport, where Southwest and AirTran are the top two carriers. With AA’s departure, only discounters AirTran and Southwest partner ATA will fly non-stop between Midway and Dallas.