ITHACA, NY (WENY) -- The Ithaca-Tompkins International Airport will lose a carrier later this year.

American Airlines is ending service to and from Ithaca, effective September 7th. It will also end service at that time in Islip, New York and Toledo, Ohio.

A company spokesperson tells WENY News that American Airlines will notify customers who have traveled scheduled after this date to make alternative arrangements.

American Airlines cites a regional pilot shortage affecting the airline industry as a factor in the decision to end its service at these airports.

The airline currently provides service between Ithaca and Philadelphia International Airport.

ITH Airport Director said Tuesday the announcement was unexpected, and the airport is working to retain American Airlines service. 

“We are surprised by American Airlines’ decision to stop service from ITH to PHL. The national travel industry has been greatly impacted by the regional pilot shortage and the rising cost of jet fuel, in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, while ITH has continued to outperform other airports with planes at over 80% full making it a very attractive market for additional service,” said Airport Director Roxan Noble. “Based on these significant load factors, we are working to retain American Airlines' service to ITH and have also assembled a team of community leaders and stakeholders who are strategically reaching out to our current carriers, Delta Airlines and United, on increasing service as well as diligently working to attract additional carriers to ITH.”