American Eagle Discontinues Springfield, IL Service

FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, May 3, 2000

CHICAGO - American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will discontinue service between Springfield, Ill., and Chicago O'Hare International Airport, effective July 1. The airline will continue flights between O'Hare and three other Central Illinois airports - Bloomington, Champaign/Urbana and Peoria.

American Eagle currently operates the Springfield-Chicago route nonstop six times a week. It does not operate nonstop flights on Saturdays. American Eagle's current schedule offers two other daily flights between Springfield and O'Hare with a stop in Bloomington.

"We regret having to make the difficult decision to leave Springfield," said Tom Bacon, American Eagle's senior vice president for marketing and planning. "Between American Eagle and our sister company American Airlines, we have served Springfield for more than 50 years, and the community there has been good to us. Unfortunately, our flights to Springfield have not been profitable and we can no longer sustain the losses."

American Eagle's 15 Springfield employees will be offered positions in other cities served by the airline