Thursday, 9 May 2019

American Airlines adds flights to the south........ two new Mexican destinations, five new Caribbean destinations and eight new domestic routes

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Apparently, according to the US mega-carrier, American Airlines, winter begins in just 226 days time, which is a chilling thought as summer hasn't really begun yet.  But perhaps AA and John Snow are right,  winter is coming and now is the time to be thinking of heading south...

Two new destinations will join the mega-carriers already vast US to Mexico network: Huatulco (HUX) and Acapulco (ACA). American will also add a new flight to Chihuahua (CUU) in addition to five new Caribbean and eight new domestic routes.

“As we looked at our Latin America and Caribbean network, we saw some unique opportunities to grow, providing more service to the places our customers value most,” said Vasu Raja, Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning for American. “We know that customers who travel for business during the week are seeking Caribbean destinations on the weekends, and we’re looking forward to providing new opportunities for that this winter.”

American offers more service between the U.S. and Mexico than any other airline with up to 85 daily flights to 22 cities. On Dec. 18, daily service between Phoenix (PHX) and CUU will begin, complementing existing daily service from Dallas Fort Worth (DFW). The new route will offer one-stop convenience for customers on the West Coast.

Tuesday and Saturday service from DFW to HUX and ACA begins Dec. 21, adding two new routes to American’s vast footprint in Mexico and the only nonstop service from DFW. These flights will be operated seasonally with an Embraer E175 featuring 12 first class seats, 64 Main Cabin seats, free wireless entertainment and Wi-Fi.

Caribbean/Latin America
Customers looking for sun and sand when winter returns will have five new routes to choose from to explore the Caribbean, along with a new route to South America and increased service to Central America.

As previously announced, service between New York (JFK) and Georgetown, Guyana (GEO), will launch Dec. 18. Customers can also benefit from increased service between DFW and Costa Rica with a second daily flight to San Jose (SJO) and Liberia (LIR) starting the same day.

American’s growth in the region continues Dec. 21, when a series of new Saturday-only flights kick off. St. Thomas, USVI (STT), known for beaches and snorkelling, will welcome wanderers from DFW and Chicago O’Hare (ORD). Seasonal service will also begin between ORD and St. Lucia (UVF). On the East Coast, customers travelling from New York (LGA) can pack their shorts for Bermuda (BDA), and customers travelling from or through Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT), can spice up their winter on the spice island of Grenada (GND).

These new routes continue a trend of increased service to popular destinations like Nassau, Bahamas (NAS), which welcomed new flights from ORD and LGA in December, and unique destinations like St. Kitts (SKB), which will see new service from DFW beginning May 25.

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MIA serves as American’s gateway to the Caribbean and Latin America, and the airline will be creating more opportunities for customers to take advantage of the hub this winter. New daily service is planned from Oklahoma City (OKC); Northwest Arkansas (XNA); and Columbia, South Carolina (CAE), starting Dec. 18, with convenient flight times that will connect customers to dozens of warm-weather destinations.

If warmth really isn’t your thing, American has you covered there, too. The only daily service between DFW and St. George, Utah (SGU), launches Sept. 26, and new Saturday service between Philadelphia (PHL) and Eagle/Vail, Colorado (EGE), starts Dec. 21.

Other domestic highlights include PHX–Rapid City, South Dakota (RAP) and ORD–Charleston, West Virginia (CRW). Business travellers heading to and from New York will also have new options for travel to Richmond, Virginia (RIC), with three daily flights launching from JFK on Nov. 21.

New routes
Hub           Destination City                Aircraft Flights begin Frequency Season
DFW Acapulco, Mexico (ACA) E175 Dec. 21         Tues./Sat. Winter/Summer
DFW Huatulco, Mexico (HUX) E175 Dec. 21         Tues./Sat. Winter/Summer
PHX Chihuahua, Mexico (CUU) CRJ700 Dec. 18          Daily          Year-round

Hub   Destination City Aircraft Flights begin Frequency Season
CLT         Grenada (GND) A319 Dec. 21         Saturday      Year-round
DFW St. Thomas(STT) 757          Dec. 21          Saturday      Year-round
LGA Bermuda (BDA) 737          Dec. 21    Saturday      Year-round
ORD St. Lucia (UVF) 737          Dec. 21         Saturday      Winter
ORD St. Thomas (STT) A319 Dec. 21         Saturday       Winter
Hub Destination City                   Aircraft Flights begin       Frequency       Season
DFW St. George, Utah (SGU) CRJ200 Sept. 26                Daily Year-round
JFK Richmond, Virginia (RIC) E140 Nov. 21             3x daily Year-round
MIA Arkansas (XNA)         E175        Dec. 18            Daily Year-round
MIA Columbia, SC (CAE) E145 Dec. 18                  Daily Year-round
MIA Oklahoma City (OKC) E175 Dec. 18                  Daily Year-round
ORD Charleston, WV(CRW) CRJ200 Sep. 4                  Daily Year-round
PHX Rapid City, SD (RAP) CRJ200 Sep. 4                  Daily Year-round
PHL Vail/Eagle, Colorado (EGE)757 Dec. 21                Saturday Winter
New international routes are subject to government approval.

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