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Over the past few years, American Airlines has made Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) a focus city with 46 destinations served from Texas’ capital city. But, the most recently loaded schedule shows severe cuts are coming this winter that will massively shrink any recent growth.
In early 2024, American will cancel service to 21 of the 46 destinations it currently serves, including:
- Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) (cut in February 2024)
- Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) (cut in January 2024)
- Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) (cut in January 2024)
- Cozumel International Airport (CZM) (cut in January 2024)
- Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) (cut in January 2024)
- Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) (cut in February 2024)
- El Paso International Airport (ELP) (cut in February 2024)
- Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) (cut in February 2024)
- Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) (cut in January 2024)
- Kansas City International Airport (MCI) (cut in February 2024)
- Liberia’s Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) (cut in April 2024)
- Memphis International Airport (MEM) (cut in January 2024)
- Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport (MBJ) (cut in January 2024)
- Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) (cut in March 2024)
- Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) (cut in February 2024)
- Puerto Vallarta’s Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) (cut in April 2024)
- Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) (cut in March 2024)
- Sacramento International Airport (SMF) (cut in February 2024)
- Tampa International Airport (TPA) (cut in February 2024)
- Tulsa International Airport (TUL) (cut in January 2024)
- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) (cut in February 2024)
It looks like Austin is losing some of the appeal it held and the city’s bubble seems to be popping. Virgin Atlantic just cut its flights from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) (more here) and British Airways is reducing its competing flights. American wanted to establish a presence at the airport ahead of Delta and United. Southwest Airlines has around 35% of the traffic and American solidly held the number two spot. With these cuts, it is going to drop into more of a head-to-head battle with number three carrier, Delta Air Lines.
Many of the flights above were operated by American Eagle regional aircraft. With the Northeast Alliance with JetBlue dissolved, these planes will likely find themselves in the NYC and Boston areas to accommodate for losses there.
Anthony’s Take: Austin seems like it’s no longer a focus city for American Airlines. With all of these cuts, it’s signaling a clear retreat from the capital of Texas.
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