American Airlines plans a significant expansion of service from Los Angeles International Airport this year, further strengthening one of its key hubs.
In addition to American’s new service between Los Angeles and Raleigh/Durham in North Carolina, which began on April 2, American Airlines will begin serving seven more new destinations this summer from Los Angeles International Airport (IATA code LAX), increasing its network of non-stop flights from LAX to 50 cities.
New destinations from LAX in 2013 include Eugene, Oregon, with service beginning June 12 and the route to be operated on American’s behalf by SkyWest Airlines; Redmond, Oregon, from June 12, this route also to be operated by SkyWest Airlines; Pittsburgh, beginning August 27; Indianapolis, from August 27; Columbus, Ohio, beginning August 27; Hartford, Connecticut, from August 27; and Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Bentonville, Arkansas, again from August 27 and with the route to operated by American Eagle Airlines.
In February American filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for the right to fly additional United States-Brazil flights from this year.
Pending government approval, American intends to use these frequencies to add one new daily round-trip service from its Los Angeles hub to São Paulo on November 21.
American already offers more than 900 weekly flights to 49 cities throughout Latin America, including Mexico, Central and South America.
“Our Los Angeles hub plays a vital role in our domestic and international network strategy,” says Virasb Vahidi, American’s chief commercial officer. “Together with our oneworld alliance partners, we offer customers seamless access to the most important business and leisure travel destinations across the globe from LAX.”
If American receives approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to operate from LAX to São Paulo, the Brazilian city (the largest city in South America) would be the 51st non-stop destination in American’s network from Los Angeles.
Additionally, American will be deploying its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft type on its Los Angeles-London Heathrow route from June.
American was the first U.S. airline to order and take delivery of a Boeing 777-300ER and intends to take delivery of 20 of the aircraft over the next few years.