Airline halts nonstop flights from San Diego to D.C.

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego is losing its only nonstop flight to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., American Airlines announced Wednesday.

The airline released a statement listing service changes brought about by a requirement to give up slots at Reagan National and LaGuardia Airport in New York, part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice that resulted in approval of a merger with US Airways.

It was US Airways that operated the nonstop San Diego-Reagan National flight.

american airlines and us airwaysAccording to the American statement, the San Diego nonstop is being shifted to Los Angeles as part of the service changes. In all, 17 cities are losing nonstop service to Washington, D.C.

“The discontinuance of the US Airways (American Airlines Group) service between San Diego and Washington Reagan National will again make San Diego the largest unserved passenger market and metropolitan community without nonstop air service to the Washington, D.C., area,” according to a San Diego County Regional Airport Authority statement.

“San Diego’s myriad defense, high-technology, biomedical, tourism and family connections rely on this service and will now require more time to connect through other cities. The Airport Authority is committed to re- establishing this service for the region.”

United Airlines offers nonstop flights between San Diego and Dulles Airport in suburban Virginia, which is less convenient for travelers going inside the Washington Beltway. Southwest Airlines offers flights to Baltimore.

It’s only been in recent years that transcontinental flights began going into Reagan National Airport, thanks to the improved fuel efficiency that allows smaller jets to fly across the country.