American Airlines plans to halt flights between the U.S. and Israel early next year after determining the route was losing money.
The service between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv was a legacy of US Airways Group, which combined with American in December 2013 and formed the world’s largest carrier. American faced competition from New York-based flights operated by United Airlines and El Al Israel Airlines.
“It is strictly a financial decision,” American spokesman Casey Norton said in a telephone interview. “The route has not been profitable.”
Service to Tel Aviv from Philadelphia will halt Jan. 4, with the last U.S.-bound return flight a day later.
“We did our best to make it work, but we couldn’t get it to turn a profit,” Norton said.