American Airlines already plans to reduce service to five
secondary Cuba destinations, but the carrier says the move is not related to
president-elect Donald Trump's threat to reverse the U.S.-Cuba opening
undertaken by the Obama administration.
"This is part of the regular evaluation of our network
and the adjustments were loaded into the schedule the first weekend of November
-- before the election," an American Airlines spokesman said on Friday.
American plans to continue operating the four daily flights
it began this week between Miami and Havana and its one daily Charlotte-Havana
service. But starting Feb. 16, the carrier will fly just once per day, rather
than twice, from Miami to Holguin, Santa Clara and Varadero. In addition,
American is seeking regulatory approval to reduce the jet size it uses for
daily flights to Camaguey and Cienfuegos.
American began flying to Cuba, beginning with Holguin and
Cienfuegos, on Sept. 7, as part of the broad resumption of U.S.-Cuba commercial
On Monday, Trump tweeted, "If Cuba is unwilling to make
a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban-American people and the U.S. as a
whole, I will terminate deal."