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AA Announces New Routes (Including Shanghai) from LAX

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LAX always amuses me. It’s such a hodgepodge of international carriers, yet no domestic carrier dominates it.  Certainly Southwest and AA have strongholds, but it’s not like what ATL is to Delta for any one carrier.

However, AA made an announcement today announcing 9 new routes from LAX: Shanghai, Boise, El Paso, Houston, Albuquerque, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Sacramento and Tuscon.

Per the press release, “By spring 2011, American and American Eagle will offer 153 daily departures at LAX – a 28 percent increase from today’s schedule.  The airlines also have flexibility to add more flights and destinations in the future.”

With the addition of the LAX-MAD Iberia non-stop this week, it seems like LAX is shaping up to be a Oneworld hub. I wonder how the competition, including Southwest, will react. If it turns into an all out turk war, it could fare well for LAX flyers who may see fare drops as competitiors vie for market share.

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