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American cutting flights from NY, DC after merger

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DALLAS — American Airlines and US Airways will drop year-round, daily nonstop flights from Washington’s Reagan National Airport to Detroit, San Diego, and 15 other cities because of the deal they made to win government approval of their merger.

They will also end nonstop flights from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Atlanta, Cleveland, and Minneapolis but will add service from LaGuardia to 10 other cities.

The combined company, American Airlines Group Inc., announced the changes Wednesday.

In November, American and US Airways agreed to give up the space at Reagan and LaGuardia and a few gates at five other major airports. In exchange, the Justice Department dropped an antitrust lawsuit that threatened to derail their merger, which created the world’s biggest airline operator.

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