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American cuts Dulles-Miami as it ends underperforming flying

American Airlines will end service between its Miami hub and Washington Dulles in December, as it looks to end underperforming routes across its network.

The Oneworld Alliance carrier will end its twice-daily service in the market on 19 December, FlightGlobal schedules show. It operates both Airbus A319s and Boeing 737-800s on the route.

American cites stronger demand between Washington National, which is closer to the Washington DC city centre, and Miami than from Dulles for the decision to end the route, the Fort Worth-based airline says to FlightGlobal. It offers nine daily flights between National and Miami.

Last week, airline executives said they would cut "underperforming" flying due to high fuel costs in the second half of 2018, as part of an effort to moderate capacity growth.

American will continue to grow at its Charlotte and Dallas/Fort Worth hubs, but with that growth coming in part from paring service elsewhere, said president Robert Isom on 26 July.

"We expect some of the growth will be funded by moving less profitable flying from other parts of our network," he said.

American plans to grow capacity by roughly 3.3% in the third quarter, and around 2.2% for full year-2018.

United Airlines will replace American on the Miami-Dulles route, beginning seasonal once daily service with an A319 on 19 December.

JetBlue Airways flies between Washington National and nearby Fort Lauderdale, and Southwest Airlines between both Dulles and National and Fort Lauderdale, schedules show.

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