American Airlines to remove 18 routes from Austin, Texas

Nov 7, 2023 | Local

In a shift of strategic gears, American Airlines is set to recalibrate its route offerings from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), discontinuing 18 routes commencing in January 2024. This marks a departure from the airline\’s post-pandemic ambitions to position Austin as a pivotal network hub with an extensive array of nonstop connections.

The carrier, headquartered in the heart of Texas at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), will also abstain from reestablishing three seasonal routes from AUS. This means that by early 2024, a significant chunk of American\’s flight destinations, precisely 21 out of the 42, including both year-round and seasonal routes, will no longer be part of its Austin itinerary.

Scheduled to take effect between January 6 and April 3, 2024, American\’s route adjustments encompass a series of destinations, including Albuquerque International Sunport in New Mexico, Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport, Memphis International Airport, and Nashville International Airport in Tennessee, to name a few. In addition, this realignment will also affect international routes, with flights to Liberia Guanacaste Airport in Costa Rica and Punta Cana International Airport in the Dominican Republic being dropped. Furthermore, the seasonal service to Montego Bay, Jamaica, is not slated for a return.

However, American Airlines emphasizes its commitment to maintain routes connecting Austin to all eight of its core hubs, including Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago O’Hare; DFW; Los Angeles; Miami; New York JFK; Philadelphia; and Phoenix.

While some destinations will be phased out, the airline remains dedicated to serving Austin with 13 point-to-point routes in 2024. These include cities such as Aspen, Colorado; Boston; Cancun and Las Cabos, Mexico; Indianapolis, Indiana; Las Vegas; Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans; Orlando, Florida; and Orange County and Palm Springs, California (PSP). Austin passengers will also still have access to Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and Reno-Tahoe, Nevada (RNO), although service to PSP and RNO will be offered on a seasonal basis.

Despite these changes, American Airlines underscores the continued significance of Austin as a key market within its network, as it keeps a watchful eye on the evolving landscape of air travel.

In an ever-shifting industry, American Airlines\’ recalibration of routes from Austin reminds us of the fluid nature of the aviation sector, and the need for airlines to continuously adapt to changing market conditions.

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