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American Airlines is betting on the summer with 150 new routes, including from Orlando


American Airlines is betting heavily on the summer. The airline expects to fly more than 90% of its domestic seat capacity compared to summer 2019. With over 150 new routes planned this summer, the airline is betting that Americans will want to travel. In the latest announcement of the airline’s summer flight schedule, Orlando International Airport (MCO) is getting eight new routes. In addition, wide-body aircraft will remain on short- and medium-haul routes in Latin America and the Caribbean from Miami.

American Airlines is counting on the summer of 2021 with an expanded service and almost the same capacity as in the summer of 2019. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Easy flying

Bet on a great summer

Due to the strong demand for travel, American Airlines is adding more than 150 new routes to its network. The airline expects more than 90% of its domestic seat capacity compared to summer 2019 and around 80% of its international seat capacity compared to summer 2019.

Brian Znotins, US vice president of network planning, said the following on the new routes:

“During the pandemic, it was our trademark to create a schedule based on what customers say they want and need us. And today they tell us that they are ready to travel again. With our summer program, we can offer our customers the best network and continue to greet them safely in the sky. “

On April 19, 17 new non-stop routes will be offered for sale. One of the highlights of these new routes is a new connection from Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) to Nashville International Airport (BNA).

Miami International Airport (MIA) is getting a big boost to its schedule. All connections from the city to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) will be operated on Boeing 777s this summer. This means more capacity and a far better premium cabin than the narrowbodies that normally fly on these routes.

American Boeing 777Miami to New York and Los Angeles is switching to Boeing 777 this summer. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Easy flying

Including the airports in New York, American Airlines is adding flights to Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) in North Carolina. Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) in Montana; and Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) in Wyoming. These are primarily outdoor recreational routes with easy access to national parks, outdoor walks, hiking trails, and many local food and cultural scenes.

American Airlines was already set up from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). These new routes from the Texas capital begin in May. However, the airline is already expanding this service with new flights from Austin to Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) in Nassau, Bahamas.

American Airbus A321American Airlines will be operating almost 90% of its capacity this summer compared to summer 2019. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Easy flying

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Orlando gets a big boost

Targeting vacationers keen to visit the tourist attractions in Orlando, Florida, the airline is adding eight new routes to MCO on Saturday only:

  • Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) in Alabama
  • Dayton International Airport (TAG) in Ohio
  • Indianapolis International Airport (IND) in Indiana
  • Memphis International Airport (MEM) in Tennessee
  • Nashville International Airport (BNA) in Tennessee
  • Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) in Pennsylvania
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) in North Carolina

In response to projected demand, American Airlines expects to begin operating these new routes on June 5th.

American A319Orlando is getting a boost with eight new non-stop flights on Saturdays only. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Easy flying

Boosts in Latin America

The recovery in international demand is lagging behind the domestic recovery. In large part, due to border restrictions, American Airlines expects its international capacity to decrease by about 20% compared to the same period in 2019. However, the airline wants to continue flying its target latitude even if it doesn’t fly the full schedule it flew in 2019.

One of the highlights in the international network of the USA is Latin America and the Caribbean. American already flies wide-body aircraft on some international short- and medium-haul flights in the region.

The following routes will receive Boeing 787-8 services from MIA:

  • Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport (CLO) in Cali, Colombia
  • José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) in Lima, Peru
  • José Mariá Córdova International Airport (MDE) in Medellin, Colombia
  • Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito, Ecuador

AA 787-8The smaller version of the Boeing 787, the 787-8, will help Americans increase their capacity to Latin America and the Caribbean this summer. Photo: American Airlines

MIA operates two routes on board the Boeing 777-200ER:

  • El Dorado International Airport (BOG) in Bogota, Colombia
  • Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Colombia receives record service from American Airlines. In addition to upgrading these aircraft, the airline is adding services from JFK to CLO, BOG and MDE on May 6th. These routes were previously announced by American as part of the Northeast Alliance with JetBlue.

Cut off elsewhere

The airline is expanding the previously announced cuts in the transatlantic service by American Airlines and is further optimizing its network. While new routes from JFK to Greece, as well as New York and Miami to Israel and Miami to Suriname, will launch this summer, the airline will make cuts in other areas.

AA oneworldAmerican will rely on its alliance partners to serve some destinations that the airline used to serve non-stop. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Easy flying

American Airlines will not fly to Edinburgh Airport (EDI) in the UK or Shannon Airport (SNN) in Ireland this summer. In Asia, Americans will not fly to Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). However, the airline will continue to serve these markets with its partners. British Airways and Aer Lingus will help the airline serve Edinburgh and Shannon via connections. Cathay Pacific will offer flights to Hong Kong on a reduced schedule until the city’s restrictions ease.

How Americans View Network Planning

American Airlines’ network planning has fundamentally changed. The airline is focused on directing its planes where customers want to go. While the major seismic changes will no longer be made as of 2020, the airline will continue to monitor its flight schedules and adjust them as needed.

American E175LRSome of America’s new routes this summer are regional flights. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Easy flying

Hopefully this summer will be a better one for Americans. Things have been looking good for the entire aviation industry since March. Now American is taking these signs of improving demand as an opportunity to expand its services and reconnect America this summer.

Are you making travel plans for this summer? Are you flying any of American Airlines’ new or expanded routes? Let us know in the comments!


Janet Smith