American Airlines Adds 16 Regional Routes for Summer 2019, Expands Europe Frequencies

Dec 13, 2018

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American Airlines announced on Thursday an 18-route regional and Canada network expansion, as well as an increase in frequencies to two of its European destinations. The timing of the route expansion from AA comes in time for the busy summer 2019 travel period, with all of the additions being either year-round or strictly summer seasonal service.

On the international front, American is adding more seats from its hub in Dallas (DFW) to Europe — specifically Paris (CDG) and Madrid (MAD). Beginning June 6, 2019, AA will place a second daily service on its already-existing routes between DFW and the two European cities. Both the second daily Paris route and the Madrid frequency will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 — you can read a full review of that aircraft in business and Main Cabin Extra here. Both additional daily frequencies will end on Oct. 27, 2019.

The business-class cabin on AA's 787-9.
The business-class cabin on AA’s 787-9.

The second daily frequency between DFW and CDG will operate on the following schedule:

  • AA22 Dallas (DFW) 8:30pm Departure ⇒ Paris (CDG) 12:45pm (+1) Arrival
  • AA23 Paris (CDG) 3:25pm Departure ⇒ Dallas (DFW) 6:50pm Arrival

The second Madrid route will operate on the following schedule:

  • AA156 Dallas (DFW) 8:50pm Departure ⇒ Madrid (MAD) 1:05pm (+1) Arrival
  • AA157 Madrid (MAD) 4:55pm Departure ⇒ Dallas (DFW) 8:20pm Arrival

As the highlight of the regional route announcements, AA will fly to a new destination that’ll get outdoor enthusiasts excited. More specifically, the carrier will begin flying to Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) in Kalispell, Montana. Beginning June 6, 2019, AA will fly daily during the summer season from Dallas (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX) and Chicago (ORD) to Glacier National Park.

Not all of the regional route announcements are domestic. AA’s also adding summer service to Halifax (YHZ) from both LaGuardia (LGA) and Philadelphia (PHL). The carrier previously flew between Philly and the Canadian city, though that ended in 2016, as the carrier cited low demand. Service connecting LGA and Halifax is completely new.

AA will add the following routes beginning in 2019:

Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) to:

  • San Luis Obispo, California (SBP) — Year-round daily service beginning on April 2, 2019. Operated by an E175.
  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (MYR) — Summer daily service beginning May 3, 2019. Operated by an E175.
  • Kalispell, Montana (FCA) — Summer daily service beginning June 6, 2019. Operated by an E175.
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (MDT) — Year-round daily service beginning June 6, 2019. Operated by an E175.
  • Santa Rosa, California (STS) — Summer/fall daily service beginning June 6, 2019. Operated by an E175.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to: 

  • Melbourne, Florida (MLB) — Summer 2x weekly (Saturday/Sunday) service beginning May 4, 2019. Operated by an E175.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to:

  • Santa Rosa, California (STS) — Summer daily service beginning May 3, 2019. Operated by an E175.
  • Kalispell, Montana (FCA) — Summer daily service beginning June 6, 2019. Operated by an E175.

LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to:

  • Columbia, South Carolina (CAE) — Year-round daily service beginning May 3, 2019. Operated by an E145.
  • Asheville, North Carolina (AVL) — Summer 2x weekly (Saturday/Sunday) service beginning May 4, 2019. Operated by an E175.
  • Daytona Beach, Florida (DAB) — Summer 2x weekly (Saturday/Sunday) service beginning May 4, 2019. Operated by an E175.
  • Jackson, Wyoming (JAC) — Summer 1x weekly (Saturday) service beginning June 8, 2019. Operated by an A319.
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia (YHZ) — Summer 1x weekly (Saturday) service beginning June 15, 2019. Operated by an E175.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to:

  • Manchester, New Hampshire (MHT) — Year-round daily service beginning June 6, 2019. Operated by a CRJ700.
  • Kalispell, Montana (FCA) — Summer daily service beginning June 6, 2019. Operated by an E175.
  • Durango, Colorado (DRO) — Summer 1x weekly (Saturday) service beginning June 8, 2019. Operated by a CRJ700.

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to:

  • Halifax, Nova Scotia (YHZ) — Summer daily service beginning June 13, 2019. Operated by an E175.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX):

  • Raleigh, North Carolina (RDU) — Year-round daily service beginning May 3, 2019. Operated by an A320.

Tickets for the new and added routes will go on sale beginning Monday, Dec. 17.

“With 18 new routes, we are committed to providing the most choices for our customers across the U.S. and a chance to see the world,” said Vasu Raja, vice president of network and schedule planning for American. “Service to Kalispell, for example, offers an exciting destination for our customers to experience. It also introduces new opportunities for local Kalispell customers to connect across American’s vast network through LAX, ORD and DFW.”

On AA’s E175 and CRJ700 aircraft, you can expect to find a regional first-class cabin, Wi-Fi and the ability to stream entertainment on a personal device. On the A319 (flying between LGA and Jackson, Wyoming), you can expect a first-class cabin, Wi-Fi and streaming on a personal device, as well as power outlets at every seat. The carrier is focusing on providing its entire regional fleet with power at every seat.

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