Charlotte is American Airlines’ #2 hub; 700+ daily departures
Over 700 daily departures
On the 26th November, AA has 1,428 movements at Charlotte – over 700 departures – across 140 destinations. On average, each destination has five departures a day. 124 destinations are domestic and almost all are within a 1,000-mile radius of its hub, around two-hours flying. The 1,000-mile boundary extends to around OMA, OKC and down to DFW.
Orlando tops American Airlines’ top-10 destinations
On an airport-pair basis, AA’s top-10 destinations from Charlotte are below. Not surprisingly, they are led by Orlando, one of AA’s 16 destinations in Florida from its North Carolina hub. On this November day, AA has 89 daily departures 16 Florida. As the crow flies, number-three, Greenville-Spartanburg, in South Carolina, is just 75 miles from Charlotte. Such is the importance of feed. At the city-pair level, AA has 30 daily departures to NYC.
|Destination||AA’s daily departures*|
|Dallas Fort Worth||10|
|New York LGA||10|
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser. *Based on the 26th November 2019.|
Highly pronounced waves
For AA, Charlotte is very much about connections. An estimated 37 million people connected there in the year to September 2019. To this end, AA has eight (or arguably nine) pronounced waves a day. They last about two hours and they tend to have a one-hour period for both arrivals and departures. Its busiest wave, with around 160 movements – 80 arrivals, 80 departures – is its second: from 0800 until 1000. Clearly, the arrival bank of this wave is also important for inbound P2P.
American Airlines’ top-20 connecting routes
AA’s top connecting route is Jacksonville, Florida, to Norfolk, Virginia. This sees strong demand as a result of the navy. AA has only one international route in its top-20: Boston to Cancun. About 15% of AA’s connecting passengers at Charlotte involve an international airport, with the Caribbean – US by far its most significant international market with over three million connecting passengers.