VirginA340, I think it is mainly because JFK does not work good as a hub. Congested, and the place really needs some work (which it is getting, thank god). I wouldn't call UA's JFK terminal a ghost town though, but only because it is shared with British Airways. Also, don't forget AA also flies a handful of long-haul Latin American routes out of JFK -- GRU, EZE, CCS, and GIG (resumes 15Dec). Though it is clear that AA will focus it's future on expanding its hubs. DFW and STL into domestic gateways, MIA and ORD into international gateways. AA has more point-to-point service of any of the majors, though. Newark-Heathrow, Boston-San Diego, Houston Hobby-Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale-Los Angeles, Caracas-Ft. Lauderdale, Austin-San Francisco(?), San Jose-Tokyo, JFK-Vancouver, Raleigh-Ft. Lauderdale, Raleigh-Gatwick, Pittsburg-Boston...the list goes on and on. It always has amazed me (though, yes, many of those cities are "focus" cities, like San Jose, while others make use of strong neighbouring O&D, like FLL). This isn't the way of the future, however, and while some of these point-to-point routes make sense (FLL routes offer Miamians an easier way to fly to AA's most popular MIA destinations (ORD, DFW, SJU, CCS (delayed), LGA, LAX, BOS, NAS, FPO) ; LAX and JFK are big O&D markets).