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American Airlines Boosts Service to Caribbean Destinations for Winter Travel

The airline is set for a record-breaking winter schedule to Latin American and Caribbean destinations, with more flights and seats offered than any other U.S. airline

by Fergus Cole

May 20, 2024

Photo: American Airlines, Boeing 737 MAX 8. Courtesy of Sachin Amjhad / Unsplash

American Airlines is giving its passengers more opportunities to jet off to sunny destinations in the Caribbean and Central America this winter, announcing eight new routes and expanding service on 16 others.

On November 5, American Airlines is set to commence daily flights from New York (JFK) to Bridgetown (BGI) in Barbados. Following this, a Saturday-only service from Philadelphia (PHL) to Bridgetown will begin on November 9.

Photo: Barbados. Courtesy of Photo by Kathryn Maingot / Unsplash

On December 5, American Airlines will introduce a daily service from Miami (MIA) to La Romana (LRM) in the Dominican Republic. This marks American as the only U.S. carrier offering flights to this Caribbean destination.

In addition, on December 7, American Airlines will start five Saturday-only services. These include flights from both JFK and Charlotte (CLT) to Argyle International Airport (SVD) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. American will be the only major U.S. airline serving this small Caribbean nation.

Other services set to launch on December 7 are from JFK to St. Lucia (UVF) and St. Maarten (SXM) and from Philadelphia to Liberia (LIR) in Costa Rica.

More Frequencies on Existing Destinations

In addition to these new routes, American Airlines will enhance its winter service on 16 existing routes from various U.S. airports. For instance, starting November 5, American’s services from Phoenix (PHX) to Cancun (CUN) and Puerto Vallarta (PVR) in Mexico will double and triple in frequency, respectively, to better accommodate passenger needs.

Photo: Cancun, Mexico. Courtesy of Braden Collum / Unsplash

Other expanded services from DFW will begin on December 5, with flights to Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (GCM), Huatulco, Mexico (HUX), Nassau, Bahamas (NAS), and Zihuatanejo, Mexico (ZIH) increasing to once per day, and flights to Comayagua, Honduras (XPL) expanding to twice per week.

From Miami, flights to Bonaire (BON) and Ocho Rios, Jamaica (OCJ) will increase to a daily service on December 5, while flights to Tortola, British Virgin Islands (EIS) will increase to five peak-day flights from December 7. Then, on December 19, American’s Miami to Cancun service will temporarily increase to six daily flights until January 6, 2025.

During the same period, flights from both Los Angeles (LAX) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Los Cabos, Mexico (SJD) will increase to twice-daily services. Meanwhile, flights from Chicago to Nassau and Charlotte to Antigua (ANU) will increase to daily services from December 5.

Photo: Los Cabos, Mexico. Courtesy of Paulina Vasquez / Unsplash

“Customers will have more reasons to choose American than ever before for nonstop fun in the sun this year,” said Brian Znotins, Senior Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning at American Airlines. “We are excited to continue growing our network to the region with more flights this winter to the Caribbean and Latin America than any other U.S. carrier ever.”

According to American Airlines, this winter’s schedule will include 11 percent more departures and 10 percent more capacity than the 2023 winter schedule, which itself was record-breaking.

In total, the airline will offer over 2,350 peak weekly flights to more than 95 destinations across Latin America and the Caribbean this upcoming winter season.