American Airlines, in its effort to downsize its presence in St. Louis, will discontinue nonstop service between Wichita and St. Louis on April 5. The service was provided by Chautauqua Airlines, d/b/a American Airlines, with two daily flights.
Wichita joins 12 cities where non-stop service from St. Louis will no longer be available on any carrier: Austin, Texas; Nashville, Indianapolis; Wichita, Kan.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Madison, Wis.; Norfolk, Va.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Richmond, Va.; San Antonio, Texas; San Francisco; and Des Moines, Iowa. American Airlines will be left with 36 flights departing daily from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, far fewer than the nearly 500 daily departures from the airport when American Airlines took over Trans World Airlines (TWA) less than 10 years ago.
“It is unfortunate that American Airlines has chosen to downsize this hub,” said Valerie Wise, Air Service and Business Development Manager. “The St. Louis route performed well from Wichita. We will continue to work to find a carrier to resume this service.”
TWA originally provided nonstop service between Wichita and St. Louis. American purchased TWA in April of 2001, and in December of that year, TWA no longer existed.
The most attractive options from Wichita to St. Louis now are on Delta through Memphis, or American or United through Chicago. All of the airlines serving Wichita, except Allegiant, serve St. Louis but with one-stop.