American Airlines adds more direct flights from non-hub cities
The airline recently announced that it will be adding four new direct flights to Cancun from non-hub US cities. American says that none of the newly added four US cities are hubs for the carrier.
The seasonal Saturday-only service will begin March 5, 2016 adding flights to Cancun from Pittsburg, Nashville, Kansas City and Raleigh-Durham. The airline says they will provide one round-trip flight from all four cities to Cancun.
“The addition of these four new routes gives our customers 12 locations to fly non-stop to Cancun,” Art Torno, American’s senior vice president of International and Cargo.
Although the routes still needed approval by regulators, American Airlines says tickets for the new seasonal routes can be purchased by mid-November.
American Airlines will operate their Kansas City to Cancun route with a Boeing 737, while the other three routes will be flown with an Airbus A319.
Laura Nedbal, American Airlines spokeswoman, said that the company has yet to decide on an end date for the new seasonal routes.
The company’s addition of the routes will put it head-to-head with Delta on a competitive level on three of the four new routes. Delta also offers seasonal Saturday-only services from Pittsburg, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham to Cancun. However, Delta does offer year-round service from the US to Cancun.
Pittsburg was once the largest hub for US Airways. Likewise, Raleigh-Durham and Nashville were at one time, hubs for American. The airline still carries a sizeable presence at both airports.