American Airlines began flights from Washington Reagan to Grand Rapids on 4 April. Seen speaking at the inaugural flight ceremony, which even featured a fantastic cake depicting the United States Capitol, was Jim Gill, CEO Grand Rapids Airport, while Billy Glunz, Regional Director, State and Local Government Affairs, American Airlines and Mark Murray, President of Meijer listen in. The 840-kilometre route will be served 13 times weekly.
- American Airlines has expanded its US domestic services from Washington Reagan (DCA) this week, beginning routes to Grand Rapids (GRR) and Northwest Arkansas (XNA). Both launched on 4 April. Grand Rapids, a route of 840 kilometres, will see 13 weekly flights flown on ERJ 145s, while Northwest Arkansas, a sector 1,542 kilometres in length, will see a daily service on E175s. “Non-stop service to Washington Reagan Airport has been a target market of ours, and we are happy to see American Airlines continue to invest in the Grand Rapids market,” said Grand Rapids Airport President & CEO Jim Gill at the launch. “American has nearly tripled its seat capacity from the airport since 2015 – that says a lot about American’s desire to expand here, and our community’s response to supporting new routes.” According to OAG schedules, neither route will face direct competition. However, United Airlines does already offer a daily service between Washington Dulles and Grand Rapids, also flown on ERJ 145s. In total American offers over 1,600 weekly one-way flights from Reagan this summer to 67 destinations with the top three being Boston (99 weekly flights), New York LaGuardia (73) and Charlotte Douglas (66). See how Grand Rapids Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.