PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia International Airport’s largest airline will reduce its waves of flight arrivals and departures from eight to six.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports ( ) by collapsing eight banks to six, American Airlines will operate 30 to 40 fewer flights a day in January than a year ago. The airline says the move is designed to improve efficiency and boost profits.

The earliest flights will leave the airport at about 8 a.m. instead of 7:30 and the last flights of the day will depart between 8 and 9 p.m. instead of 10 or later.

American has also rebanked its hubs in Dallas Fort Worth, Chicago and Miami since the 2013 merger with US Airways. Philadelphia will remain American’s fourth-largest hub.

Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer,

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