American Airlines Launches New Routes from New York’s LaGuardia

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American Airlines will be launching new service from New York’s LaGuardia to four new cities later this year, as they start to refine their schedule post-merger with US Airways. As LaGuardia is slot-restricted, these new routes come with a price, and that means reduced service to Philadelphia.

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American Airlines will begin to offer service from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to four destinations it previously served starting later this year.

Starting December 17, the carrier will offer daily service from LaGuardia to Orlando International Airport. The flight will be operated using a Boeing 737-800. It will depart New York at 7:30 a.m. and arrive at 10 a.m. The return flight will leave Orlando at 10:45 a.m. and arrive in New York at 1:30 p.m.

On January 5, 2016, the Fort Worth-based carrier will begin to operate three flights per day – early morning, midday, and afternoon/evening – from LaGuardia to three additional cities, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis.

American will operate these flights using Embraer ERJ-170 regional jets with nine first class seats and 60 seats in coach.

The airline is reducing the number of flights between Philadelphia International Airport and LaGuardia to gain back some of the slots it needs for the new flights.

Bottom Line

Some of these new routes are interesting choices on American’s part, and I think time will tell if they’ll be able to survive. For instance, LaGuardia to Orlando is a route Delta serves five times a day, so we’ll see how well American can compete on these new routes.

What are your thoughts on these new routes from American?

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  1. LGA-MSP is not a new route for AA by any stretch of the imagination. It was a route that launched in September 2007 with S80 service. For years it operated as a CR7 flight up until around March 2014. AA was forced into dropping the route because DL opposed the merger. As a condition to the merger approval AA gave up flying to DL hubs. AA also dropped the LGA ATL route. That route resumed earlier this year and this is a service resumption, not a new route. Many of us are happy to see the route return.

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