American Airlines announces eight routes – including Miami to Tel Aviv
American Airlines has revealed eight new routes, all starting in June or July, from its Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Miami hubs.
With a combined 15 weekly flights, they’re not high frequency, mainly as most are Saturday-only.
At five-weekly, Miami to Paramaribo will have the most flights. American will compete directly with Surinam Airways’ one-stop services. The South American carrier’s non-stop service – alongside its one-stops – ends on 18 June.
American’s new Charlotte – Samana route means that the Dominican Republic airport will once again have non-stop service from the US. It was last served by JetBlue from JFK between 2012 and 2016. This will be American’s fourth route from Charlotte to the country, joining Santo Domingo, Punta Cana, and Puerto Plata.
Merida was last served by American from Dallas between 2016 and 2017 using A319s. Then, it operated for 46 weeks, with up to a six-weekly service, although an average of three. Now, it’ll be American’s 26th route to Mexico from its largest hub.
American Airlines route summary
|Routing||Start date||Weekly frequency||Direct competition (WF): in week American begins||Indirect competition (WF): in week American begins|
|Charlotte – Samana||5 June||2||None||None|
|Dallas Fort Worth – Merida||5 June||1||None||None|
|Dallas Fort Worth – St Lucia||5 June||1||None||None|
|Dallas Fort Worth – St Maarten||5 June||1||None||None|
|Los Angeles – Cancun||5 June||1||United (25); JetBlue (14); Delta (14); Alaska (7)||None|
|Miami – Little Rock||5 June||1||None||None|
|Miami – Paramaribo||1 July||5||Surinam Airways (5); 3 via Georgetown, 2 via Aruba||None|
|Miami – Tel Aviv||4 June||3||El Al (5)||None|
|Source: airline websites and OAG Schedules Analyser.|
That makes three for American Airlines to Tel Aviv
American’s new Miami to Tel Aviv service will operate three-weekly using B777-200ERs. It comes soon after the carrier announced JFK to Tel Aviv, which will begin in May – before Dallas launches in October.
It’ll compete directly with El Al from the Florida airport, which began the route in 2017. This current year, it has so far scheduled 114,000 seats, OAG data shows – its most ever. It’ll have five weekly flights this summer.
Read more: Miami’s top-10 unserved markets in South America.
On a P2P and airport-level basis, Miami is Tel Aviv’s fifth-largest US market, with almost 160,000 round-trip passengers in 2019.
American will also use its Miami hub to actively target the nearly 500,000 demand from Tel Aviv to Latin America.
Tel Aviv-Miami has a four-times larger local market than Tel Aviv-Dallas, which will be even more focused on connections.