Last week I told you that American would be doing less international flying from JFK and more from Philadelphia.
There was some skepticism out there, but this was what I was hearing, and it turns out to be exactly correct.
American Airlines will soon add several transatlantic routes from its Philadelphia hub while making large cuts to its international network at New York’s JFK. Today, American announced routes from Philadelphia to Budapest (BUD) and Prague (PRG).
…As Philadelphia sees transatlantic growth, American will be making serious cuts to its JFK hub. American will cut one of two daily flights to Paris (CDG), cease service to Manchester, and move its Zurich route to Philadelphia. These cuts signify American betting on Philadelphia over JFK and surrendering the international New York market to Delta.
In addition to the new seasonal Philadelphia Boeing 767 service to Budapest and Prague, and reductions at New York JFK, American is adding a new seasonal Boeing 787 flight Chicago – Venice.
American Airlines Boeing 767 Business Class
Here are the proposed schedules for service May 4, 2018 through October 27, 2018 (routes bookable starting August 21):
It’s not surprising that Charlotte isn’t getting new international service. It’s a profitable hub with many routes that see little competition, and the only real Southeastern hub which competes with Atlanta. However it isn’t a strong transatlantic gateway.
With American’s growth constrained in New York, and clearly behind Delta and United in the New York market, it’s hard to build feed with domestic flights and hard to build support for significant new international flying.
American Airlines New York JFK
As American has sought to grow its international flying, Philadelphia has emerged as a key transatlantic departure point — in some ways surprisingly because American has hubs a mere 100 miles away from each other, that’s usually thought not to be sustainable, and New York itself is a bigger market. But American isn’t well-positioned to compete in New York, and current management has historically shied away from competition (although has been more head-to-head competitive at the reins of American).