AUSTIN- According to Cirium Diio, the prominent airline analytics platform in the aviation industry, American Airlines (AA) is planning substantial reductions to its network operations in Austin (AUS), expected to take effect in early 2024.
These changes are anticipated to be incorporated into the airline’s schedule updates, typically performed on Saturday nights.
American Airlines Cancelling Austin Flights
Throughout 2021 and 2022, American Airlines concentrated its efforts on developing Austin-Bergstrom Airport (AUS) into a key hub.
Instead of primarily offering flights to American Airlines hubs, the airline’s network in Austin expanded to encompass more than thirty destinations, spanning from Cancun and Orange County to Tampa. However, it now appears that this expansion is set to be scaled back.
According to the information, American Airlines is planning to discontinue service from Austin to the following destinations:
- Albuquerque (ABQ) after February 2024
- Bozeman (BZN) after January 2024
- Cincinnati (CVG) after January 2024
- Cozumel (CZM) after January 2024
- Destin-Fort Walton (VPS) as of 2024
- Eagle-Vail (EGE) after February 2024, although there’s a possibility of it returning seasonally
- El Paso (ELP) after February 2024
- Fort Myers (RSW) after February 2024
- Jacksonville (JAX) after January 2024
- Kansas City (MCI) as of February 2024
- Liberia (LIR) after April 2024
- Memphis (MEM) as of January 2024
- Montego Bay (MBJ) as of 2024
- Nassau (NAS) after March 2024
- Oklahoma City (OKC) after February 2024
- Puerto Vallarta (PVR) after April 2024
- Punta Cana (PUJ) after March 2024
- Sacramento (SMF) after February 2024
- Tampa (TPA) after February 2024
- Tulsa (TUL) as of 2024
- Washington Dulles (IAD) after February 2024
This accounts for more than half of the destinations currently offered by American Airlines from Austin. Consequently, American will have limited nonstop routes, primarily focused on hub-to-hub flights.
Some of the remaining destinations from Austin will include Boston, Cancun, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orange County, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh, Reno, and a few others.
Reasons for This Cuts
In recent times, Austin has experienced rapid growth, but it appears this growth is slowing down. This is evident in various ways, such as a significant drop in house prices between July 2022 and July 2023, which outpaced declines in other major cities.
The aviation scene in Austin has also faced challenges, with Virgin Atlantic discontinuing its flights to the city and British Airways reducing its services for the winter.
Analyzing American Airlines’ service reductions in Austin as reported by OMAT:
- American Airlines had anticipated continued growth in Austin and sought to gain an advantage over other major carriers, but this growth hasn’t materialized as expected.
- Austin heavily relied on origin and destination (O&D) traffic rather than connecting traffic, especially given the proximity of American’s Dallas hub to Austin.
- Many American flights out of Austin were operated using American Eagle regional jets. It’s possible that these regional jets will be needed more in the Northeast, considering the discontinuation of the Northeast Alliance between American and JetBlue.
- American Airlines’ strategy in Austin is not the first that has not panned out as hoped, similar to its previous attempts to turn Seattle into a long-haul hub. Nevertheless, the airline contends it is undervalued due to challenges in conveying its story effectively to the public.
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