American Airlines’ winter schedule in Latin America will be 24.3% longer than before COVID

American airlines plans to operate more than 2,000 weekly flights to 93 destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean during the upcoming winter season, marking a 24.3% growth in capacity compared to 2019, surpassing its pre-pandemic operations Following the COVID-19[feminine] pandemic.


American Airlines will add flights and destinations

During his participation in the AGM & Airline Leaders Forum 2022 in Buenos Aires of the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), American Airlines announced capacity growth of around 24.3% for the winter season, exceeding its pre-pandemic operation.

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By the end of this year, American Airlines, the non-Latin American airline with the largest presence in the region, will operate flights to 93 destinations in the region, with more than 2,000 weekly flights. Jose A Freig, U.S. Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean, said:

“After the most critical period of the pandemic, we at American have continued to build our capabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean in direct response to the incredible demand we are seeing in the region. We are extremely proud to continue to strengthen our position as the region’s leading airline, offering our customers unparalleled access to the destinations they want to fly to.

Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Single flight.

American is set to reopen several routes in the coming weeks

American Airlines is looking to resume its seasonal flight between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Montevideo, operating three times a week, by the end of October. In November, the airline plans to launch flights to five destinations in Cuba, Holguín (HOG), Santa Clara (SNU), Santiago (SCU), Varadero (VRA) and Camagüey (CMW), all from MIA. In addition, the carrier will increase its connectivity by New York JFK Airport (JFK) to Bermuda (BDA), Mexico City (MEX) and Monterrey (MTY).

At the end of November, after a suspension of more than two years, American will resume its operations in Managua (MGA), thus completing its network in the region.

Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Single flight.

The importance of the Latin American region

American Airlines is well aware that it is a key player in the Latin American airline industry. The US carrier mainly has a strong presence in the region due to its connection from Miami International and Dallas Fort Worth (DFW).

In the third quarter of 2022, US flights to Latin America brought the carrier $1.59 billion in revenue, with a load factor of 87.4% (the largest of all the company’s markets) and the second highest yields, behind the domestic market.

So far, the Latin American market has generated $4.35 billion in revenue for American Airlines in 2022, the second highest behind the domestic segment, surpassing the Atlantic and Pacific markets for the company.

In the third quarter of 2022, American had a net income of US$483 million due to record quarterly revenue of US$13.5 billion, which represents a 13% increase over the same period in 2019, despite having 9.6% less capacity.

Beyond that, demand for short-haul domestic and international travel remains very strong, and the airline expects further improvement in demand for long-haul international travel as travel restrictions and testing requirements are raised around the world.

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