American Airlines has announced that they will be discontinuing their two nonstop service between New York (JFK) and San Juan effective August 22, 2017.
Several airlines offer nonstop service between NYC and San Juan including Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United meaning the competition is intense, and due to this being a primary leisure route the return on this route isn’t there.
American Airlines has responded with the following:
We are cancelling service between JFK-SJU on August 22. American Airlines has proudly served San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport for more than 45 years. We have made the difficult decision to cancel our service. After this change, American will operate up to 21 daily flights between SJU and five of our hubs: MIA, PHL, ORD, DFW and CLT. We continually evaluate our network, looking at supply and demand for each route we serve. We want to ensure our fleet and crews are serving routes that are profitable, better positioning us for long term success against global competition.
Taking a look at a date in May, American is selling their New York (JFK) to San Juan route for $131 in coach, or $313 in Business Class on this 4 hour flight.
Despite American pulling out of this route, Delta offers nonstop service between JFK and SJU 4 times a day (and even provides a free meal in the Main Cabin), and JetBlue flies 5 times a day between these two cities. United does its thing from Newark, and Southwest even jumped in as well with their recent service to San Juan from Newark.
What are your thoughts on American ending their New York (JFK) to San Juan service? Feel free to comment below.