Stewboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 45 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2573 times:
Some of Continental's abandoned cities:
Dusseldorf, Germany (from Newark)
Munich, Germany (from Newark)
Santiago, Chile (from Newark)
Belo Horizonte, Brazil (from Rio de Janeiro)
Santa Cruz, Bolivia (from Lima)
Santa Cruz was an interesting one. They opened the route under the premise that they would be allowed to carry local traffic between the two cities. Apparently, at the last minute, the Peruvian government did not approve so the 757 was leaving LIM to VVI with like 7 US originating passengers. The route lasted like 2 weeks.
I'm not sure about these cities but I think CO may have also flown the following:
Jsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1948 posts, RR: 16 Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2271 times:
Before the ascendancy of Cancun as the dominant airport on the Yucatan peninsula, a number of US carriers (United, Continental, Texas International, Eastern) used Merida as their jumping-off point for Yucatan tourism.
TWA also used to operate to Lajes/Santa Maria in the Azores and Malaga in Spain, back in the 1970s. They also served Cairo, Riyadh, and Dhahran.
Delta flew to Dubai and Cairo for a short time in 2000-2001.
Northwest tried the LAX-Hawaii-Australia route in the early 1990s but couldn't compete with Qantas and United.
Africa is woefully underserved from the United States. Granted, many of the Pan Am routes (to Monrovia, Lagos, Nairobi, Dakar, Accra, etc.) were prestige operations, but today the only real options are to Joburg and Cape Town on South African, as well as a few routes from JFK.