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Old 07-14-2021, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Houston/Austin, TX
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American Airlines is growing like crazy in Austin! Certainly nothing like American to DFW or United to IAH, but they’re quickly gaining more flights than I could’ve thought possible with two mammoth airports so close by. From September to the rest of the year, they’re getting 18!!!! new flights. To airports that aren’t even remotely AA hubs. To even international destinations like Costa Rica.

This comes as a surprise to me because with American having their largest passenger hub in DFW, it would seem unreasonable to establish this so close. Would be interesting to see if it all works out and how much they can grow it. But if they can sustain this so called mini hub/focus city, good for Austin!
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Old 07-14-2021, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Maybe to eliminate some if their BS connecting flights from DFW. They’re ridiculous, I had to go three terminals down in 45 minutes for my last flight from ABIS to DFW to Grand junction.
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Old 07-14-2021, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Houston/Austin, TX
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Maybe to eliminate some if their BS connecting flights from DFW. They’re ridiculous, I had to go three terminals down in 45 minutes for my last flight from ABIS to DFW to Grand junction.
This isn’t exclusive to DFW. This is how all large airline hubs operate.
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Old 07-14-2021, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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I flew from Austin a couple times last year but it was still going to their hubs. Both times being Charlotte. It might just be a focus city but I don't ever see a hub.
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Old 07-14-2021, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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This isn’t exclusive to DFW. This is how all large airline hubs operate.
I hate it.
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Old 07-14-2021, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Houston/Austin, TX
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I flew from Austin a couple times last year but it was still going to their hubs. Both times being Charlotte. It might just be a focus city but I don't ever see a hub.
They’re more than doubling in routes later this year, so what you saw isn’t what you’ll see if you go in November. It’s simply not going to be a major hub with the likes of DFW and IAH. But what it has now is previously unimaginable.
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Old 07-14-2021, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Basically everyone is going nuts over Austin right now because, until recently, the city was very underserved. The way it works in most market is that the dominant airline gains the market share (especially with business travelers). AA is taking the gamble that, if they show up in force, they will be the dominant airline in Austin.

WN has a significant presence but they have no real international network.
DL has talked a big game about AUS but they havent really come through.
AA had the advantage to begin with because they are by far the most dominant airline in Texas. The only place AA doesnt dominate is Houston, Corpus, and the RGV where UA wins. AA also has had the benefit of having British Airways around for a significant amount of time.

But we should also consider what no airline will do.

Youre not going to see a bunch of small markets show up. Cities like Indianapolis and St. Louis yes, cities like Grand Junction and Cedar Rapids, no. They want to serve only the markets where there is significant O&D and leave the connections to DFW.

So is AA going to make AUS into a hub? Not really even if they call it that. Instead, it will be a large focus city.
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Old 07-14-2021, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Houston/Austin, TX
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Yes, this is what I was referring to. You’re not going to see small towns use AUS for connections the way DFW and IAH do. But nonetheless? All these medium sized markets going to Austin are something I never would have imagined. If anything, I would’ve expected it from Delta.
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Old 07-14-2021, 08:43 PM
 
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Surprising, but welcomed news. Like the OP I figured AA wouldn't expand to such an extent with DFW being nearby. I guest they are trying beat Delta to the punch. Delta laid out plans to make a Austin a Focus City just before COVID. As someone who has to business travel 3 - 4 times per year, I look forward to more direct flight options. Not the biggest fan of AA and prefer Southwest, but if they are competitive on price, I'll give them a shot. With the new terminal opening up, I'm hoping more airlines will follow.
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Old 07-14-2021, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Houston/Austin, TX
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Surprising, but welcomed news. Like the OP I figured AA wouldn't expand to such an extent with DFW being nearby. I guest they are trying beat Delta to the punch. Delta laid out plans to make a Austin a Focus City just before COVID. As someone who has to business travel 3 - 4 times per year, I look forward to more direct flight options. Not the biggest fan of AA and prefer Southwest, but if they are competitive on price, I'll give them a shot. With the new terminal opening up, I'm hoping more airlines will follow.
For all of Texas, it really would’ve benefitted if Delta did this instead. With us already having major hubs from United and American, establishing even a focus city from the third US legacy carrier would’ve been great. Still, even this is good for Central Texas. I just see Delta as one that would’ve had much more room to grow since they aren’t too close to a mammoth hub the way American and United are to Austin.
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