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Joplin Drops American for United, Favoring Chicago Opportunity

For the first time in a decade, the service provider at Joplin Regional Airport in Joplin, Missouri will change hands. The route, which is current serviced by American Airlines and its regional partners, will be dropped on June 1 as the Essential Air Service contract was up for renewal. American had made a bid to remain in the city, offering a similar route pairing of Joplin to Dallas-DFW and Joplin to Chicago O’Hare, but at the increased cost of $1.5…