Waiting to tuck into this fine looking cake, heralding the start of American Airlines’ new route from Philadelphia to San Antonio were: Dale Morris, Government Affairs Specialist, American Airlines; Daniel Rodriguez, Station Manager American Airlines; Erika Hurtak, VP of Communications, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation; Russ Handy, Aviation Director, City of San Antonio; and Charles Serafini, Airport Advisory Council Member. This route was last flown in October 2015.
- American Airlines has commenced flights from three different hubs, all launched on 15 February. New A320 services from the carrier’s second-largest operation, according to OAG schedule data, at Charlotte Douglas (CLT) were started to Tucson (TUS). Additionally, the oneworld airline kicked off a 2,403-kilometre link between Philadelphia (PHL), its fifth-biggest base in terms of weekly seats, and San Antonio (SAT), which is flown by its 128-seat A319 fleet. “Approximately 120,000 travellers fly between San Antonio and Philadelphia each year, so this new service answers the need for many travellers and is a highlight to our economic progress,” said Russ Handy, Aviation Director for the City of San Antonio. Finally, again on the same day, American began the airport pair from Washington Reagan (DCA) to Tallahassee (TLH), operated by its CRJ 900 aircraft. None of the new route trio has any direct route competition, and all will be operated on a daily basis.