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Tuesday Morning Roundup: AA Cuts Dominican Republic; Russia Boots Aerosvit; Liberia Whines About Delta

Good morning. A few little ones:

- American Airlines is eliminating service from JFK to Santo Domingo and Santiago, Dominican Republic, beginning April 2nd. This coincides with AA eliminating its San Juan hub. You may remember that AA 587 from JFK to Santo Domingo crashed in Queens, New York, just about 2 months after 9/11. JetBlue, Delta and United all offer nonstop service from the New York area. (Remember when AA was concerned about JetBlue’s competition on transcon routes when it first launched, and AA threw tons of capacity at JFK-San Jose (CA) to try to stop them? Seems ridiculous now, especially when JetBlue has pretty much wiped AA out of the Caribbean market).

- Russia has once again banned struggling Ukranian carrier Aerosvit because the airline has more than $1 million in unpaid air traffic control-related fees owed to the country. Aerosvit is on its last breath, having transferred a number of its routes over to competitor Ukraine International Airlines.

- Liberia’s Civil Aviation Authority, which has certainly benefitted from Delta’s nonstop service from Atlanta, is annoyed that Delta is using its older 767s on the route and issued a press release saying that it told the President of Liberia not to fly Delta because it was unsafe. From the article:

Meanwhile, LCAA Director General has quoted Ghana Civil Aviation Authority has expressed dissatisfaction over the airlines’ poor customer service bordering on rudeness, indifference or brusque manner by Delta flight attendants, as well as the alleged use of old aircraft on the Ghana-USA route and the repeated major inconvenience and additional costs experienced by Ghanaian customers to mechanical failure of lavatory system resulting to flight reschedules and cancellations.

Apparently this all seems to stem from broken toilets on the plane.

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