DALLAS — Southwest and American Airlines have dropped direct routes across the country as the carriers continue to grapple with fallout from the grounding of Boeing 737 Max jets.
Dallas-based Southwest Airlines has suspended 13 routes across the U.S. Much of the disruption is in California. Three routes at Los Angeles International Airport were dropped, serving Omaha, Pittsburgh and Tampa, Florida.
American Airlines has temporarily dropped a direct flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Oakland, California.
Airline news website the Points Guy first reported the route cuts at Southwest.
"The routes that the airlines canceled will be among their least strategic and least profitable routes," said airline analyst Henry Harteveldt with Atmosphere Research. "And they are going to be on routes where they can protect the customer by routing them through another airport."
Both American and Southwest have hustled to reroute planes to minimize disruptions since the FAA grounded all Boeing 737 Max aircraft following two deadly crashes in Asia and Africa.
Southwest had 34 Boeing 737 Max jets in its fleet at the time of the grounding, the most of any carrier. American had 24.
Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins said flights have been off the books since spring and customers have been rescheduled.
Some flights were temporarily dropped in June, while other cuts will start in August. They are scheduled to return Oct. 2, if the 737 Max is ready to fly again.