American Airlines has announced today (09/09) that it will be stopping direct flights between Birmingham Airport (BHX) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on Friday 6th January 2017.

The service launched in May last year promising almost 100,000 seats between BHX and JFK, and through the American Airlines and British Airways joint business and oneworld airline alliance, will offer a British Airways code share, allowing customers to earn and redeem BA air miles and Avios points.

A spokesperson from American Airlines, said: “American constantly evaluates our network to ensure we are maximizing our fleet and profitability while matching customer demand.

Many factors influence network planning decisions – route performance is monitored over time to ensure that American is better positioning itself for long-term success against global competition.

It is for this reason the difficult decision has been made to cease American’s Birmingham service to New York.

We are working directly with our Birmingham-based colleagues….to determine employment preference and employees will be given full consideration if qualified and eligible for open positions.”

Birmingham Airport, added: “Birmingham Airport is disappointed by American Airlines’ decision to suspend its daily New York to Birmingham service.

We appreciate that transatlantic air services are particularly competitive, however we are optimistic that another carrier will fill this gap shortly.

There remains a strong demand from both the Midlands and North American market wanting to access these important regions and cities.”

American Airlines has promised to make alternative arrangements or arrange a refund for passengers who have purchased tickets on flights between BHX and JFK after Friday 6th January 2017.