American Airlines plans to launch weekly seasonal summer service to the Mexican resort Cancun from four U.S. cities on March 5.
The airline will operate the new seasonal Saturday-only services to Cancun International Airport on Saturdays from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Pittsburgh International Airport, Nashville International Airport and Kansas City International Airport.
American expects customers to be able to begin booking flights for the new routes in mid-November, once the carrier has received governmental approvals for the planned new seasonal services.
“The addition of these four new routes gives our customers 12 locations to fly non-stop to Cancun,” says Art Torno, American Airlines’ senior vice president – international and cargo.
American’s planned schedule for its seasonal service between Raleigh-Durham International Airport (IATA code RDU) and Cancun calls for its flight to depart RDU at 7:05 a.m. on Saturdays from March 5 and land at Cancun International Airport (CUN) at 9:25 a.m. local time.
In the other direction, the return flight will leave CUN at 10:25 a.m. on Saturdays from March 5 and reach RDU at 2:15 p.m. local time.
The carrier’s planned schedule for its service for its seasonal service between Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) and Cancun calls for its flight to push back from the gate at PIT at 7:00 a.m. on Saturdays from March 5 and touch down at CUN at 10:01 a.m. local time.
In the other direction, the return flight will be timed to vacate its gate at CUN at 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays from March 5 and get to PIT at 3:27 p.m. local time.
American’s planned schedule for its seasonal service between Nashville International Airport (BNA) and Cancun should see its flight leave BNA at 7:00 a.m. on Saturdays from March 5 and arrive at CUN at 10:07 a.m. local time.
In the other direction, the return flight is timed to depart CUN at 11:05 a.m. on Saturdays from March 5 and land at BNA at 2:06 p.m. local time.
American’s planned schedule for its seasonal service between Kansas City International Airport (MCI) and Cancun will see its flight push back from the gate at MCI at 7:00 a.m. on Saturdays from March 5 and reach CUN at 10:27 a.m. local time.
In the other direction, the return flight will vacate its gate at CUN at 11:25 a..m. on Saturdays from March 5 and touch down at MCI at 3:01 p.m. local time.
Arrival and departure times at Cancun will be one hour later through March 12.
American will operate its Cancun seasonal services from Raleigh-Durham, Pittsburgh and Nashville with Airbus A319s and its Cancun seasonal service from Kansas City with Boeing 737-800s.
In August, American it would retrofit all 125 of its A319s (including the 93 it inherited from US Airways when the two carriers merged operationally) with AC power ports at every seat and new overhead bins with increased storage for carry-on bags.
When the cabin retrofits are complete, all of American’s A319s will be configured with 128 seats, each aircraft offering eight First Class seats, 18 Main Cabin Extra seats and 102 Economy seats.
The largest carrier in the world following its operational merger with US Airways, American Airlines is taking delivery of more than 100 new aircraft this year.
It has outstanding orders for about 340 mainline aircraft. These include more than 40 Airbus A321s, 100 A321neos, 22 A350-900s, about 40 737-800s, 100 Boeing 737 MAX jets, two 777-300ERs and approximately 30 787s, including 22 787-9s.