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American Airlines to stop Birmingham Airport flights

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Image caption An airport spokesman said the decision was "disappointing"

American Airlines is pulling out of Birmingham Airport.

The airline has operated a daily service to New York since May last year but will stop flights from 6 January.

Birmingham Airport described the decision as "disappointing", and said it was down to passenger demand.

"Passengers booked on AA flights after 6 January will be contacted by AA to make alternative arrangements or arrange a refund," the airport spokesman said.

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But they added that the airport was "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."

Image caption The airline has been flying to New York from Birmingham since May last year

The airport said passengers could still travel non-stop to New York Newark with United Airlines, and there continue to be regular connections to North America with several other carriers.

A spokesman for American Airlines said: "As the world's largest airline, 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."

The airline said it remained committed to serving the UK market and would continue offering flights to the US from four other UK airports.

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