Not sure if this is true or not, the route is heavily promoted in the NY press, for reasons I cannot quite understand, I mean NYC-Kansas City is not exactly a high capacity, ultra-busy route, but AA did indeed cancel it, I can see why. Vanguard has the route and for a short time, so did Midwest Express. I don't really understand what American wants to do in the NY area. It says it is going to add flights then drops them (JFK-AMS is another example). American wants to be a major player in the NYC market (and it is) but it does face a lot of competition from Delta and JFK and LGA, Continental at EWR, and from JetBlue at JFK, not to mention US Airways, which despite its financial condition, is the second or third busiest carrier at LGA, behind #1 Delta.