American scraps Los Angeles-Newark flight

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American Airlines will end its long-standing flight between Los Angeles International and Newark Liberty International airports in March, as it increases frequency out of New York JFK.

The daily flight on a Boeing 737-800 will be discontinued on 5 March, the Fort Worth, Texas-based Oneworld alliance carrier confirms.

The cut comes as American buoys frequency on the Los Angeles-New York JFK route. The airline began transitioning to 13 daily flights on an Airbus A321 with its 102-seat transcontinental configuration from up to 10 daily flights on 168-seat Boeing 767-200ERs on 7 January.

Including the discontinued Newark route, American will fly 28% less seats between the New York area and Los Angeles by June, when the new schedules are fully implemented.

Competition has increased between Newark and Los Angeles. Virgin America entered the market with three daily flights in April 2013 and United Airlines increased frequency on the route to 14 daily flights from six in June 2013.

American has operated the Los Angeles-Newark flight since at least 1984, according to Airlineroute.net.