American Airlines Huge Austin Expansion – One Mile at a Time


Over the past year American Airlines has been adding service to Austin, and for all practical purposes I’d consider it a focus city for the airline (even if American doesn’t publicly acknowledge that). That expansion will continue, and by this fall American and its partners are expected to operate nearly 100 peak day departures from the airport (this includes Alaska, British Airways, and JetBlue).

American is adding 14 new routes out of Austin and expanding service in existing markets, so let’s go over the details.

American’s domestic expansion out of Austin

American will be adding nine new domestic routes from Austin, and will expand frequencies in five existing domestic markets from Austin.

American will be adding flights between Austin (AUS) and the following nine domestic destinations this fall:

  • Cincinnati (CVG) 2x daily as of September 8, 2021
  • El Paso (ELP) 3x daily as of September 8, 2021
  • Indianapolis (IND) 2x daily as of September 8, 2021
  • Jacksonville (JAX) 1x daily as of September 8, 2021
  • Kansas City (MCI) 2x daily as of September 8, 2021
  • Oklahoma City (OKC) 2x daily as of September 8, 2021
  • Reno (RNO) 1x daily as of September 8, 2021
  • St. Louis (STL) 2x daily as of September 8, 2021
  • Tulsa (TUL) 1x daily as of November 2, 2021

On top of that, American is adding frequencies between Austin (AUS) and the following five existing domestic destinations this fall:

  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) additional 2x daily as of November 2, 2021
  • Orlando (MCO) additional 1x daily as of October 7, 2021
  • Miami (MIA) additional 2x daily as of October 7, 2021
  • New Orleans (MSY) additional 1x daily as of October 7, 2021
  • Tampa (TPA) additional 1x daily as of November 2, 2021
American is adding nine domestic routes out of Austin

American’s international expansion out of Austin

Starting this fall, American will operate seven international flights from Austin. No, we’re not talking about Madrid or Tokyo, but rather we’re talking about flights to the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico, etc.

American will be adding flights between Austin (AUS) and the following seven international destinations this fall:

  • Cancun (CUN) 4x weekly as of October 7, 2021
  • Liberia (LIR) 3x weekly as of November 2, 2021
  • Nassau (NAS) 4x weekly as of November 2, 2021
  • Punta Cana (PUJ) 4x weekly as of November 2, 2021
  • Puerto Vallarta (PVR) 3x weekly as of November 2, 2021
  • San Jose del Cabo (SJD) 3x weekly as of October 7, 2021
  • San Juan (SJU) 1x daily as of October 7, 2021 (admittedly this isn’t international, but for all practical purposes it seems more appropriate to include it with this category based on the type of route this is)

Five of these are new routes that hadn’t previously been operated, while the Nassau and San Jose del Cabo routes are being operated as a summer seasonal service this year, but are now being added year-round.

American will operate seven international routes out of Austin

Bottom line

It’s really impressive to see American Airlines’ growth in Austin. Going back a couple of years, Austin was an airport where American exclusively operated service to its hubs, while nowadays the airport is becoming a focus city. While American isn’t calling Austin a focus city, it’s hard to view it any other way.

While Southwest remains the biggest airline in Austin, American is now leading the way among the legacy airlines, and seems poised to grow even fruther.

What do you make of American Airlines’ growth in Austin?