American Airlines Continues To Build Up Austin With 14 More New Routes

There is more big news for Austin-area travelers. American Airlines is continuing to double down on its commitment to the city. Already operating a “focus city” of sorts, American is continuing to expand out of Austin with a whopping 14 new routes slated to start this fall, including new international services.

Starting as soon as September 8th, American Airlines is adding new nonstop routes to nine destinations in the continental United States from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). The airline will add service to the following destinations:

In addition, the airline will add five new destinations to its network out of Austin to Latin America and the Caribbean. The following five new destinations from Austin in this region are:

In addition, two international destinations will see summer seasonal service convert to year-round service:

American Airlines is also adding new services on existing domestic routes. The following cities will see new services this fall:

Brian Znotins, American’s Vice President of Network Planning, stated the following on the new routes out of Austin:

Combined with its partners, the airline will sell nearly 100 peak-day departures from Austin this fall. This is a significant amount of flying for a non-hub city. This includes planned flying on Alaska Airlines, British Airways, and JetBlue.

American Airlines and its partners will offer nearly 100 peak-day departures this fall. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Building out a “focus city”

American Airlines has not called Austin a “focus city.” However, the city is starting to become one. Generally, Austin is more of an originating and destination market for American Airlines over a connecting hub. The carrier still prefers to connect its passengers in major hubs like Dallas, Charlotte, or Phoenix.

However, the importance of Austin cannot be overlooked. It is one of America’s fastest-growing cities and is home to major universities and campuses for major corporations, with even more growth is coming.

Austin is becoming a kind of focus city for American Airlines. Photo: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

American Airlines tends to stick to its core hub structure, but it has made moves in other markets to grow more point-to-point services in the crisis. For example, the airline has added many new routes out of Orlando, operating on peak leisure days for summer 2021.

Austin, however, is at a different level. It is not yet large enough to officially be categorized as a hub. However, it is definitely turning into a proper focus city, even if American is shying away from calling it one.

Are you glad to see American add even more growth out of Austin? Let us know in the comments!

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