American Airlines is dropping its Baltimore-Phoenix route

Nov 11, 2019

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

American Airlines is shrinking its Baltimore network next year, ending flights to Phoenix and further solidifying Washington’s Reagan National Airport as the carrier’s main D.C.-area gateway.

The Oneworld Alliance carrier will end its two daily flights between Baltimore/Washington (BWI) and Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) on April 6, according to Cirium schedule data and confirmed by American. The airline operates Airbus A320-family aircraft on the route.

American spokeswoman Andrea Koos said the move was part of a constant evaluation of supply and demand trends on every route.

Sign up for the free daily TPG newsletter for more airline news!

The move leaves Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA) as the only airport in the Washington-region that American serves from its Phoenix hub, schedules show.

American has shown a preference to fly to its Washington National hub over the D.C.-area’s other airports in recent years. The carrier ended service between Miami (MIA) and Washington Dulles (IAD) last December, saying the route was underperforming.

At BWI, American is still scheduled to grow capacity next summer, even with the end of the Phoenix flights. The airline is due to fly 10% more seats from BWI in June compared to this June barring a further delay to the Boeing 737 MAX return-to-service, Cirium data shows. Seats will also increase at Dulles and National airports.

Overall, American plans to grow system capacity by roughly 5% year-over-year in 2020. The accelerated pace, which is roughly double its annual target of matching U.S. economic growth, comes from the scheduled return of the MAX as well as the airline making up for lost ground on the hub-growth plan it kicked off this year. That plan included boosting its Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) hub to up to 900 daily flights, and is due to focus on Charlotte (CLT) in 2020 and Washington National in 2021.

Related: American plans to come back strong after MAX grounding with aggressive growth

For Baltimore, Southwest Airlines will still provide travelers with a nonstop option to Phoenix after American exits the market.

American predecessors US Airways, which merged with American in 2013, and America West Airlines have flown the Baltimore-Phoenix route since at least 2000.

Featured image by Robert Alexander/Getty Images.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 60,000 Points


CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on dining at restaurants including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel.
Regular APR
15.99%-22.99% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.