Economy, dollar value ground two international flights from Edmonton
Halt to direct flight to Dallas follows Air Canada's decision to kill flights to London's Heathrow airport
Edmonton jet-setters hoping for a non-stop flight to the heart of Texas will soon be out of luck.
American Airlines has grounded its direct flights to Dallas, blaming the declining value of the dollar for the cancellation
According to officials with Edmonton International Airport, the daily non-stop service launched in April of 2014 will be removed from the schedule in early February.
EIA director of marketing and communications Heather Hamilton said the value of the dollar has had a "huge impact" on Canada-U.S travel and profit margins for airline carriers south of the border have been taking a hit.
""We look at the shift that's happening in the economy and we see these things happening across the industry, so it's not just Edmonton that's affected."
The announcement from American Airlines comes just days after Air Canada announced it is cancelling direct service from Edmonton to London's Heathrow airport. Those flights will be cancelled by the end of the year.
Air Canada said the poor provincial economy was to blame for grounding that service.
"With the current economic environment in Alberta, we have seen a shift in demand going forward and we have made a business decision to suspend Edmonton-London and adjust some regional flying to better reflect current and projected demand," Air Canada said in a statement.
But it's not all bad news.
Although lacklustre profits may be to blame for the cancellation of both services, Hamilton said the larger economic factors at play are very different.
With 13 per cent growth this year, Edmonton is the fastest growing airport in Canada for international travel. And trans-border service is expanding in other areas.
New flights to Seattle-Tacoma are set to take off, Amsterdam was recently added to the flight map, and Westjet will soon be coming on board with new service to London-Gatwick.