American Airlines Announces New Routes From Austin

American Airlines has just announced that it will be flying new routes from Austin, Texas to San Jose, California, and Boston, Massachusetts, starting in the spring of 2020.

In their press release which they describe as a “holiday treat” for customers, American Airlines is looking to link Austin (AUS) with two of the country’s major technology centers in (SJC) and Boston (BOS).

American to fly from Austin to Silicon Valley and Boston. Photo: AA

The new flights to San Jose’s Norman Y. Mineta International Airport and Boston Logan International airport will be twice a day starting in April.

American Airlines will operate flights to special events

As well as the new flights to Silicon Valley and the historical northeast city of Boston, American Airlines also plans to operate special event flights from various airports around the country to the Augusta National Masters golf tournament (AGS), the Kentucky Derby (SDF) and the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival near Palm Springs (PSP).

Together with the sporting and music events, American Airlines has decided to lay planes from some of the nation’s largest city’s so that shareholders can attend Warren Buffets Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska (OMA).

Tickets for the Omaha, Nebraska flights go on sale from December 16th, 2019, while the golf and music and horseracing tickets will be available from December 22nd, 2019.

San Jose and Boston are both tech centers

Dallas based American Airlines claims that the new routes are in response to customers in Austin who need to travel between the tech centers.

American says Austin based customers asked for flights to the tech centers. Photo: AA

“Our customers have expressed the desire for more routes between major tech cities, and we’re pleased to respond to their needs by helping them reach these important destinations with ease,” said Alison Taylor, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Distribution. “These new routes reflect our commitment to partnering with customers to seamlessly support their travel needs.”

The flights between Austin and San Jose and Boston will operate a twice-daily service year-round using a Boeing 737-800 narrow-body jet.

All aircraft on the new routes will feature 16 first-class seats for business travelers, high-speed WiFi and will depart at a convenient time that will allow commuters to be home in time for dinner.

American will be competing with Delta at Austin

American Airlines also recently renovated its Admirals Club lounge and plans to have five gates at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) by the end of the year.

The new routes out of Austin see American Airlines competing with Atlanta based Delta Airlines who consider Austin to be one of their focus cities, having just opened a new Sky Club lounge.

American Airlines will be competing with Delta at Austin. Photo: AA

Delta Air Lines SkyTeam partner KLM also plans to introduce a flight from Austin to Amsterdam (AMS) starting in May.

“We added these routes with our customers top of mind to bring them closer to the places they value the most when conducting business,” said Vasu Raja, Senior Vice President of Network Strategy. “While it’s not our traditional hub and spoke routing, we understand the importance of travel for the tech community and look forward to offering these new flights to our loyal customers.”

Starting May 9th American will introduce a twice-weekly flight from Austin to the Mexican resort of Los Cabos (SJD) on a Saturday and Sunday.