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American Makes Deep Cuts to 2024 Austin Schedule
The airline is cutting service in 21 markets.
American is making substantial cuts to its Austin schedule starting in 2024, according to Cirium Diio data. Since 2021, the Fort Worth-based airline has been dumping capacity into the market with several point-to-point flights. The schedule changes come on the heels of Virgin Atlantic’s exit from the Austin market starting in early 2024.
As first pointed out by Adrian Waltz on Twitter (X), American will drop 21 routes from Austin at various points in early 2024. Most of these flights are operated by regional jets. The service cuts include:
- 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 (possible seasonal return)
- 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) in 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) in 2024
- Washington Dulles (IAD) after February 2024
American placed big bets on the Austin market in 2021 when it added 10 new routes, per Business Insider. Between July 2019 and 2023, the carrier grew the number of seats in Austin by nearly 50%.
In 2022, Southwest controlled a 39% market share in Austin with American following at 20%, according to Department of Transportation BTS data. Less than 200 miles from its DFW super hub, American planned 4,386 flights in Austin for July 2023.
The airline removed the cut flights from its website on Sunday.
So, What is Left?
Comparing the peak month of July between 2023 and 2024, these cuts would result in a 1,162 reduction in flights year-over-year, per Cirium Diio data. In the carrier’s July 2024 schedule, only 21 destinations from Austin remain, including:
- Aspen (ASE)
- Nashville (BNA)
- Boston (BOS)
- Charlotte (CLT)
- Cancun (CUN)
- Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
- Indianapolis (IND)
- New York (JFK)
- Las Vegas (LAS)
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- Orlando (MCO)
- Miami (MIA)
- New Orleans (MSY)
- Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
- Philadelphia (PHL)
- Phoenix (PHX)
- Raleigh Durham (RDU)
- Reno (RNO)
- Cabo San Lucas (SJD)
- Orange County (SNA)
In a statement, the airline said that it will offer 53% more seats each day and 19 additional daily departures compared to its 2019 schedule.
“Austin remains an important market for American as we continuously evaluate our network. Together with our partners, American will continue to offer customers service to 15 of the top 20 markets from AUS, while continuing to offer one-stop connections across our comprehensive global network to more than 350 destinations around the world,” a spokesperson told AirlineGeeks in a statement.
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