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May 5, 2014

American to Add Eight New Routes in the Midwest

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Written by: Adam Sheinhaus
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As a part of the American Airlines-US Airways merger, the new American is expanding its route network from several of its key hubs.

American announced eight new routes that are set to begin this fall. Beginning on September 3, AA will link Grand Rapids, Michigan to hubs in Philadelphia and Charlotte twice daily. The route will be served by Bombardier CRJs operated by US Airways Express, which is set to become a part of American Eagle–American’s regional airline–at a later date. The remaining six routes will begin October 2, and will further strengthen AA’s presence in the Midwest.

Many of the new routes will be operated by US Airways Express CRJ-200 aircraft. (Photo by the author)

Many of the new routes will be operated by US Airways Express CRJ-200 aircraft. (Photo by the author)

American Airlines will expand its new Charlotte hub to serve two additional markets — Evansville, Indiana and Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Evansville flight will be operated three times per day with CRJ aircraft and the Fort Wayne flight will operate daily, also on CRJs.

Philadelphia will also add Fort Wayne as a destination, with two CRJs daily connecting the cities. And American Airlines also shared some of the love for its new Phoenix hub, announcing a daily flight between Phoenix and Cleveland on A320s.

The airline will also strengthen their existing hubs in Dallas and Chicago with new service to Bismarck, North Dakota. The flights will operate daily with Embraer 145 aircraft. The new Bismarck service comes just weeks after Great Lakes Airlines announced they would exit the market, citing problems retaining pilots as the cause.

Chuck Schubert, VP of Network and Schedule Planning, stressed the importance of smaller airports in the AA system: “As we work to fully integrate our two networks, we remain committed to expanding our domestic service to better serve our customers in small- and medium-size markets.”

Customers in parts of the Midwest have been hurt by previous mergers. After United merged with Continental, the demise of the airline’s Cleveland hub began. Similarly, after the Delta-Northwest merger, the Cincinnati hub was scaled down tremendously. Even American Airlines has had a history of hurting the Midwest–after their 2001 merger with TWA, the STL hub was eventually dismantled. The Midwest has also seen little love from low cost carriers, as both JetBlue and Virgin America have stayed away from most Midwest destinations. The new American is hoping it can take advantage of this neglect with its aggressive growth into many underserved destinations.

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