American Airlines will jump its domestic capacity to 55% of 2019 levels in July and August in response to growing demand. 

The increase is a 68% jump over June’s schedule, said Brian Znotins, American’s vice president of network and schedule planning.

Demand is highest for Gulf Coast beach communities extending from Texas to Southwest Florida and in Mountain West resort towns. 

“It makes sense that if you want a vacation, being away from the crowds, the mountain resorts could be appealing to you,” Znotins said. 

The beach destinations along the Gulf Coast, such as Panama City and Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle, have the advantage of fewer Covid-19-related restrictions than many other domestic markets, Znotins said. They’re also close to home for many Americans and easy to reach from American Airlines hubs in Dallas and Charlotte. 

American will fly 40% of its July 2019 capacity next month. International demand, burdened by continued travel restrictions, is returning slowly. The carrier will offer just 20% of its July 2019 international capacity next month. 

American’s load factor rose from 15% in April to 55% by late May. American’s average daily passenger count jumped by nearly 350% during that time, to 110,000. 

At each of its 10 hubs, American will increase the number of daily flights by at least 32% in July compared with June. Dallas-Fort Worth, American’s biggest hub, will see a 102% increase in flights per day, to 582. The carrier will offer 415 daily departures from Charlotte, its second-largest hub, a 32% increase from June.

The carrier also announced plans to reopen one Admirals Club each in Charlotte, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Washington Dulles, New York LaGuardia and JFK.

At most of those locations the clubs will offer pre-packaged snacks and full-service bars. Only water will be available in the New York lounges due to local restrictions.

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