Several smaller Illinois airports will lose at least some American Airlines service to St. Louis this fall, as the carrier has announced it will make schedule cutbacks to save money.
On Tuesday, local officials asked the airline to reconsider. Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford prepared this report.
NOTE: Here is a breakdown of flight reductions and additions:
Drops from 9 to 3 flights for St. Louis and goes from 0 to 4 to Chicago-O'Hare
Drops from 6 to 2 flights to St. Louis and adds one additional O'Hare flight, for a total of 7 per day
Drops from 9 to 3 flights to St. Louis and increases from 4 to 6 flights per day to O'Hare
Loses all 8 flights to St. Louis but gains 4 to O'Hare
Flights to St. Louis will be cut from 10 to 3 with no American service to O'Hare
Decatur, Quincyand Marion
will all keep their St. Louis flights; Rockford offers no American service.