As American Airlines Flees Austin, Delta Air Lines Adds 11 New Flights and Three New Routes

by Anthony Losanno
Delta Plane

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Last month, I wrote about how American Airlines was pulling 21 of the 46 destinations it serves from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) early next year (more here). Today, Delta Air Lines announced its increased support of the capital of Texas with 11 new flights (including three new routes) in 2024.

Austin Delta

Delta will launch 11 new peak-day flights from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) starting on April 22nd. This includes the following new routes:

  • McAllen International Airport (MFE) (3x daily; 2x on Saturdays)
  • Midland International Air & Space Port (MAF) (3x daily; 2x on Saturdays)
  • Nashville International Airport (BNA) (3x daily)

Delta is also adding one daily flight to both Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) (now 2x daily) and Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) (now 3x daily). All of these flights use Canadair RJ 900 aircraft with 12 First Class, 20 Comfort+, and 38 Main Cabin seats.

It’s interesting to see that Delta did not pick up any of the routes that American dropped other than adding frequency to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). Those include:

  • 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)

Joe Esposito, Delta’s Senior Vice President of Network Planning, said:

This expansion not only creates an access point to diverse opportunities for business, leisure, and cultural exploration spanning Texas and beyond but also solidifies Delta’s commitment to being a key player in Austin’s evolving landscape. Austin is growing rapidly, and this 20% increase in capacity mirrors that growth as we look to provide our customers with unparalleled convenience in the region.”

Anthony’s Take: Delta is positioning Austin as a key access point to for connections to its entire route network. Austin was a focus city for American and its continued expansion shows that while American is retreating that there is demand there.

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