American Airlines Temporarily Suspends Flights at Dubuque Regional Airport
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is set to expire on September 30, 2020. American Airlines will retain a station at Dubuque however, they will temporarily suspend service to Dubuque and other select cities beginning on October 7, 2020. American will continue to evaluate and assess all their network cities until passenger demand returns.
Todd Dalsing, Dubuque Regional Airport Director said “The airline and travel industries are losing money at unprecedented rates. Airlines are still in a response phase to COVID-19 and not yet in a recovery phase. DBQ Airport Commission and Staff, will be working with our air service consultant and FlyDBQ Partners (Dubuque Chamber of Commerce, City of Dubuque, Dubuque County, Travel Dubuque, and Greater Dubuque Development Corporation), to monitor passenger traffic trends and work with air carriers for the return of air service to Dubuque.”
Molly Grover, Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, states “The business community is disappointed that American Airlines has chosen to temporarily suspend flights at Dubuque. DBQ’s enplanements have been growing since April 2020 and have continued to exceed the national average. We will continue to work with our FlyDBQ partners, the Air Service Task Force, and the Airport to regain, as well as grow air service. The Small Community Air Service Grant for westbound service is still available for six years and we will continue to meet and work with all our airline partners to utilize this grant. Our air service consultant is confident that DBQ will continue air service once the industry bounces back from COVID.”
Travelers who have questions, can contact American Airlines at (800) 433-7300; go to DBQ Airport website www.flydbq.com and click on Traveler’s Aid; or call (844) IFLYDBQ – (844) 435-9327.
Dubuque Regional Airport Director
Dubuque Chamber President & CEO
August 2020 – U.S. passenger traffic was down 69% compared to August 2019
August 2020 – DBQ passenger traffic was down 66.51% compared to August 2019
Snapshot of Major Airlines - September 2020