Just a week after word got out about Delta’s plans to accommodate growth at Los Angeles International Airport by moving out of newly-renovated Terminal 5 to larger quarters at Terminals 2 and 3, American Airlines has unveiled a growth spurt of its own at LAX.
American said that it will add 20 more daily flights out of LAX starting June 2, serving nine destinations, and will beef up frequencies on some existing routes. The airline said it is building two new gates at LAX to accommodate the increase, which will give it a total of 220 flights a day at LAX to 70 destinations worldwide.
On June 2, American will jump into the busy LAX-Seattle market with five daily roundtrips. We say “busy” because LAX-Seattle is already served with multiple daily flights by Alaska, Delta, United, Southwest and Virgin America. In addition, Southwest flies from Burbank and Ontario to Seattle, while JetBlue serves Seattle from Long Beach.
American will also kick off three daily roundtrips from LAX to Portland, a route already well covered by Delta, Southwest and Alaska. Other new LAX markets for AA in June will include Minneapolis-St. Paul with two daily flights, and New Orleans, Kansas City, Omaha and Hartford, each with one flight a day.
At the same time, American will debut seasonal service every day from LAX to Anchorage and on weekends from LAX to Durango, Colorado. New summer service out of LAX will include daily flights to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and weekend-only service to Montrose and Vail/Eagle, Colorado.
The new domestic growth comes on top of American’s ongoing international expansion at LAX, including new daily service to Sydney that started last month, and plans to begin flights to Tokyo Haneda in February and Auckland, New Zealand in June.
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