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American Airlines to end service at LI’s MacArthur Airport

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Long Island MacArthur Airport is losing American Airlines.

The airline announced it will be ending its service to Islip due to pilot shortages, Newsday reports.

American will also be cancelling flights in Ithaca and Toledo, Ohio.

“American Airlines has made the difficult decision to end service in Islip and Ithaca, N.Y., effective Sept. 7,” the airline told Newsday. “We’re extremely grateful for the care and service our team members provided to our customers in Islip and Ithaca and are working closely with them during this time.”

The airline said it will be reaching out to customers who are scheduled to fly after that time, according to the report.

Once American leaves, MacAuthur Airport’s remaining airlines include Southwest, Frontier and a new airline called Breeze.

This is a developing story. Check back for more information.

Top: In this Aug. 18, 2010 photo, an American Airlines Boeing 757 jet prepares to take off from Miami International Airport in Miami. Federal officials have hit American Airlines with a record penalty of $24.2 million over maintenance lapses that caused thousands of canceled flights in 2008. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)