American Airlines and
regional partner AmericanConnection(R) will expand service out of St.
Louis Lambert International Airport to popular leisure and business
destinations beginning this December, including new service to four cities
not currently served. The result will be a 15 percent increase in American’s jet departures from
its St. Louis hub by February 2005 versus November 2003 levels.
“As part of our Turnaround Plan, American is committed to providing
customers what they value, and we believe St. Louis travelers value
additional American service to very popular leisure destinations in
Florida and Mexico,” said Loretta Kuss, American’s Regional Manager of
Passenger Sales for St. Louis. “We’re also pleased to be able to provide
additional mainline American Airlines service to popular business
destinations such as Washington, D.C., as well as launch new service to
cities in the Midwest and Southwest.
“Because of strong local passenger demand, American is replacing some
AmericanConnection regional jet service with larger 129-seat MD80
aircraft,” said Kuss. “Our new AA jet destinations out of St. Louis are
Columbus, Ohio; San Antonio, Tex.; and Tulsa, Okla., where we will add one
daily flight to each city to augment service offered by AA’s regional
Service to Columbus and San Antonio will begin Dec. 16, 2004, while Tulsa
flights will start Jan. 31, 2005.
American is adding seasonal flights to Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers,
Orlando and Tampa in Florida, and Cancun, Mexico. The Florida markets will
each have one additional daily flight, while Cancun will see one
additional weekly flight. Service to Tampa will start Dec. 16, while the
added flights to Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando and Cancun will
begin Jan. 31, 2005.
On the business route to Washington, D.C., American’s added daily mainline
jet flight to Washington Reagan National will also begin Jan. 31.
In addition, AmericanConnection carrier Chautauqua Airlines is making
schedule enhancements in St. Louis. The carrier will launch two daily
nonstop flights to Richmond, Va., effective Nov. 1. Then, on Jan. 31,
2005, AmericanConnection carrier Trans States Airlines will begin a daily
nonstop flight to Tulsa, complementing American’s mainline jet service.
More AmericanConnection flights will be added to existing service to
Milwaukee, Wis.; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; Newark, N.J.; and Norfolk,
Va., in the coming months. Additional AmericanConnection service to
Norfolk starts Nov. 1, while the added flights to Milwaukee,
Minneapolis/St. Paul and Newark begin Dec. 16. A seventh
AmericanConnection flight to Minneapolis/St. Paul, operated by Trans
States, will begin Jan. 31, 2005.
“When we made adjustments to our St. Louis hub last year, we committed to
adding flights as local demand for service increased,” noted Kuss. “We’re
very happy to say that by early next year, American will be operating 15
percent more flights than we did at St. Louis in November 2003, while our
regional partners will have about four percent more flights.”