For years Austin has been one of the fastest-growing aviation markets in the country, tracking the city’s growth more generally. This growth has continued – Austin isn’t just UT Austin and Dell Computers, it’s Google, Facebook, Apple, and Tesla now. It’s Oracle, Facebook, Indeed, Amazon, VRBO and eBay.
Before the pandemic American Airlines was looking at marginal adds of non-hub routes in Austin – Boston, San Jose, and weekend Cabo service – to augment its flights to hubs.
However with the rise of leisure travel and a need to find spots to fly with business travel still grounded they aggressively announced 10 new destinations from Austin in March. The flights they’ve added are doing well, and Austin is quickly turning into a connecting hub for the airline almost by accident.
Now American is doubling down on Austin announcing an additional 14 new destinations. With this announcement they are growing from 20 destinations to 34 destinations. They are also adding frequencies to some of their existing destinations. Two years ago American Airlines was only flying to its hubs from Austin.
Here are American’s 14 new destinations from Austin:
|Cincinnati||2x Daily||Sept. 8||Embraer 175 (Envoy)|
|El Paso||3x Daily||Sept. 8, Oct. 7 and Nov. 2||Embraer 175 (Envoy)|
|Indianapolis||2x Daily||Sept. 8 and Oct. 7||Embraer 175 (Republic)|
|Jacksonville||1x Daily||Sept. 8||Embraer 175 (Envoy)|
|Kansas City||2x Daily||Sept. 8 and Nov. 2||Embraer 175 (Envoy)|
|Oklahoma City||1x Daily||Oct. 7||Embraer 175 (Envoy)|
|Reno||1x Daily||Sept. 8||Embraer 175 (Envoy)|
|St. Louis||2x Daily||Sept. 8 and Oct. 7||Embraer 175 (Envoy)|
|Tulsa||1x Daily||Nov. 2||Embraer 175 (Envoy)|
|Cancun||M/W/Fri/Sun||Oct. 7||Boeing 737|
|Liberia, Costa Rica||Tu/Th/Sat||Nov. 2||Boeing 737|
|Punta Cana||M/W/Fri/Sun||Nov. 2||Boeing 737|
|Puerta Vallarta||Tu/Th/Sat||Nov. 2||Boeing 737|
|San Juan||1x Daily||Oct. 7||Boeing 737|
This is on top of existing service to Boston, Charlotte, Dallas Fort-Worth, New York JFK, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Miami, Nassau, Chicago O’Hare, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Cabo, Tampa, Aspen, Nashville, Fort Walton Beach and New Orleans. And American is already adding Raleigh and Washington Dulles service later this summer, too.
Summer seasonal service going year-round:
|Nassau||M/W/Fri/Sun||Nov. 2||Boeing 737|
|San Jose del Cabo||Tu/Th/Sat||Oct. 7||Boeing 737|
Additional flights being added to current routes:
|Destination||Addl’l Frequencies||Start Date|
|Dallas – Fort Worth||2x Daily||Nov. 2|
|Orlando||1x Daily||Oct. 7|
|Miami||2x Daily||October 7 and November 2|
|New Orleans||1x Daily||Oct. 7|
|Tampa||1x Daily||Nov. 2|
The additional Austin – Tampa flight is accompanied by further growth in Tampa as well: Nashville and Raleigh, twice daily each, beginning November 2 and daily LAX service starting October 7.
In American’s press release on the new service, Austin Mayor Steven Adler says “We couldn’t be happier with today’s announcement of new and expanded service in AUS.” Of special note to Adler, presumably, is the international frequencies – since over the Thanksgiving holidays Adler urged Austin residents to stay home – from his timeshare in Cabo.
With these new routes that will load for sale over the coming weekend, American Airlines will still be the second largest carrier behind Southwest, which is scheduled to operate 4052 flights in September (according to data from Cirium Diio Mi) with nothing smaller than a Boeing 737-700. However they’re really closing the gap.
These new flights, as much as any promotion, will make it easy for me to retain my elite status as an Austin resident. Next up we need American to move forward on the long-planned expansion of the much-too-small Admirals Club into adjacent vacated TSA offices.