On 19 December, Curaçao Airport celebrated the arrival of American Airlines’ new service from Charlotte Douglas with a traditional cake cutting ceremony. Flights from North Carolinian airport will operate weekly on Saturdays in direct competition with Insel Air.
American Airlines launched two new routes to Punta Cana on 19 December from Chicago O’Hare and Dallas/Fort Worth. Services on the former will operate on Saturdays using 737-800s, while the oneworld member will also serve the Texan hub with the same operation except it will use A319s. The Dominican Republic airport celebrated the opening of the routes with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony.
American Airlines commenced services between Dallas/Fort Worth and Quito on 18 December. The Ecuadorian airport celebrated the launch by getting the inaugural passengers to pose with a special photo frame to help publicise the route on social media. The 4,150-kilometre link will face no direct competition according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.
American Airlines commenced a total of 12 new routes between the 17 and 19 of December. Of the 12, eight will face direct competition according to OAG Schedules Analyser data, with four of city pairs facing more than one incumbent carrier. Apart from the oneworld member’s new service between Los Angeles (LAX) and Sydney (SYD), a route which is 12,056-kilometres in length, the average sector of the remaining 11 routes is 2,433 kilometres and are all connections on the North American continent. Only five of the new 12 airport pairs are US domestic services.