American Readies for Big Summer Travel Season

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American Airlines Group Inc. has revealed it will offer more than 850 departures this summer — its most ever — out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Travelers out of DFW International Airport can expect flights departing to new places, along with more frequent flights to others, as it grows to more than 35 destination cities.

American announced it will add nonstop service between DFW and Redmond, Oregon, for the first time, in addition to a new daily flight to Barcelona, Spain, starting in June and twice-daily service to Tulum, Mexico, starting in March.

American customers can also expect increased service between DFW and popular summer destinations such as Destin/Ft. Walton Beach and Key West, Florida; Kalispell, Montana; and Los Cabos, Mexico. For a full list of the expanded service and new destinations, click here.

“We’re thrilled to offer more seats than ever before to our local and connecting customers at DFW next summer,” Jim Moses, senior vice president of DFW Hub Operations, said in a news release.

“Following our team’s strong operational performance this year, and the airline’s continued investments in its largest hub, we are prepared and excited to operate this robust schedule,” Moses added.

Based in Fort Worth, American is one of the largest airlines in the world and claims to be the largest airline in Texas, stating that it offers almost double the flights to 65% more cities than its closest competitor.

Without naming names in the news release, the carrier also says that it provides 55% more flights with 30% more seats from DFW than its next-largest competitor’s hub in the state.

American recently opened a 214,000-square-foot catering kitchen at DFW to support its growth. During peak travel season, about 15,000 meals a day are prepared for customers.

American’s new 10-year agreement with the airport includes nearly $5 billion in capital investments for gate expansions at A and C terminals, construction of Terminal F, and “a major reimagining” of Terminal C.

According to its website, more than 73 million customers enter DFW each year. The airport, which opened on January 13, 1974, offers flights to 193 domestic and 67 international destinations through 28 airlines, including American, Delta, and United.

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