American Airlines adding seven routes from Austin

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Austin Texas Capitol [Credit: CrackerClips Stock Media/Shutterstock.com]
American Airlines has added year-round routes from Austin, Texas, to seven U.S. cities. Above, the Texas State Capitol. Photo Credit: CrackerClips Stock Media/Shutterstock.com

American Airlines will add seven new year-round routes from Austin, Texas, this summer.

The Dallas-based carrier will begin flying from Austin to Nashville, Las Vegas, Orlando and New Orleans on May 6. Service from the Texas capital to Tampa; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Washington Dulles will follow in June, July and August, respectively. All seven of those routes will operate either daily or twice daily.

• Related: American launching two 'nerd bird' routes from Austin

The new flights represent a significant strategic shift for the carrier in Austin. Currently, eight of the nine year-round routes American operates at the city's Bergstrom Airport service an American hub. None of the new routes, though, will connect to a hub.

According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Southwest is the largest carrier in Austin, having carried 34% of passengers in 2020. American was the second  airline largest there last year, carrying 20% of passengers.

American will compete against Southwest on the Nashville, Las Vegas, Orlando, Tampa and Raleigh-Durham routes, according to Cirium data.

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