Some small cities will be without air service altogether in October when American Airlines Group Inc. AAL -1.94% cuts flights, as a fight to extend additional federal funds has been mired in a broader stalemate over pandemic relief.

American said it would stop flights to 15 cities once a requirement that the airline maintain the routes in exchange for federal aid expires. American struck the small cities from its schedule from Oct. 7 through Nov. 3, describing the move as the first step in re-evaluating its network in the coming weeks.

American’s cuts will affect airports in cities such as Dubuque, Iowa, Joplin, Mo., New Haven, Conn., and Stillwater, Okla., where the airline operates regional flights that funnel passengers into its bigger hubs. Several of the airports where American is cutting back aren’t served by any other airline.

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