American Airlines announced a number of new routes and increased frequencies under the Game of Thrones rubric “Winter is Coming” — several weeks late of course since the Night King is already dead and everyone is headed to King’s Landing. Fortunately for fans in search of their place on the Iron Throne, American did already add Dubrovnik to their route map.
St. Lucia, Grenada, and St. Thomas seem like reasonable winter plays. I’m really skeptical about the airline’s plan to offer year-round New York LaGuardia – Bermuda Saturday service starting December 21. Bermuda is due East of Charleston, South Carolina. This is not a warm weather retreat, and is the same distance from New York that Chicago is. These planes are going to be empty in winter if the airline charges fares even close to covering cost.
I almost wonder if someone wrote in ‘BDA’ (Bermuda) when they meant to bring back New York – Barbados (BGI) service, couldn’t admit it, and the airline went with it.
During those winter months ads for Bermuda service almost write themselves, “You’re cold in New York! Why not be cold ON THE BEACH?” and “Light fires to keep warm this weekend in Bermuda!”
It’s nice to see American Airlines returning to Acapulco, a destination they haven’t served since 2011, even if it’s a destination that hit its prime in the 80s and is now an epicenter for violence in the country.
American Airlines though has seemed super-committed to Mexico — they now tout “up to 85 daily flights to 22 cities” — and they effectively have a focus city in Cancun that even features widebody service.
While many of these new flights seem like small ball not every route launch can be Bologna, Italy and American may be feeling a bit burned on that one.
New routes go on sale May 13.
|Hub||Destination City||Aircraft||Flights begin||Frequency||Season|
|DFW||Acapulco, Mexico (ACA)||E175||Dec. 21||Tues./Sat.||Winter/Summer|
|DFW||Huatulco, Mexico (HUX)||E175||Dec. 21||Tues./Sat.||Winter/Summer|
|PHX||Chihuahua, Mexico (CUU)||CRJ700||Dec. 18||Daily||Year-round|
|CLT||Grenada (GND)||A319||Dec. 21||Saturday||Year-round|
|DFW||St. Thomas, USVI (STT)||757||Dec. 21||Saturday||Year-round|
|LGA||Bermuda (BDA)||737||Dec. 21||Saturday||Year-round|
|ORD||St. Lucia (UVF)||737||Dec. 21||Saturday||Winter|
|ORD||St. Thomas, USVI (STT)||A319||Dec. 21||Saturday||Winter|
|DFW||St. George, Utah (SGU)||CRJ200||Sept. 26||Daily||Year-round|
|JFK||Richmond, Virginia (RIC)||E140||Nov. 21||3x daily||Year-round|
|MIA||Northwest Arkansas (XNA)||E175||Dec. 18||Daily||Year-round|
|MIA||Columbia, South Carolina (CAE)||E145||Dec. 18||Daily||Year-round|
|MIA||Oklahoma City (OKC)||E175||Dec. 18||Daily||Year-round|
|ORD||Charleston, West Virginia (CRW)||CRJ200||Sep. 4||Daily||Year-round|
|PHX||Rapid City, South Dakota (RAP)||CRJ200||Sep. 4||Daily||Year-round|
|PHL||Vail/Eagle, Colorado (EGE)||757||Dec. 21||Saturday||Winter|