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AUSTIN, Texas – Today, American Airlines announced they are expanding service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) to popular destinations in Southern California and Florida. The airline is launching new nonstop seasonal service between AUS and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) and expanding current service to John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County to operate year-round. Additionally, service to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) will return this year – operating for a longer period of time in response to high customer demand.
“Austinites and Central Texans continue to show record-breaking demand for nonstop flights out of Austin-Bergstrom,” said Jacqueline Yaft, Chief Executive Officer for AUS. “American Airlines is a key partner in delivering more options to even more destinations for our travelers and we’re grateful for their work in connecting our community to premiere destinations across the United States and beyond.”
New nonstop service to Palm Springs will launch Nov. 17 with flights departing daily from Austin Nov. 17 – 29 and Dec. 15 – Jan. 9 on a dual-class Embraer 175 aircraft. The carrier will also expand seasonal nonstop service to Orange County (SNA) to operate daily year-round flights on starting Nov. 3. Service to RSW will operate between Dec. 15 through Jan. 9, and service to SRQ will operate daily Nov. 17 - Nov. 29 and Dec. 15 - Jan. 9.
“American is excited to provide central Texans with more nonstop access to Southern California and Florida this winter,” said Philippe Puech, American Airlines Director of Short-Haul Network Planning. “This additional flying is in direct response to the demand we saw in 2021. We look forward to connecting customers with their family and friends this holiday season.”
Today’s air service announcement comes after this morning’s announcement from American Airlines and the University of Texas that the airline is the new Official Airline Sponsor of Texas Athletics and will charter UT football to each away game in the 2022 season.
American continues to grow its team in Austin with plans to hire for roles across the operation through the end of the year. Interested candidates should visit jobs.aa.com to learn more and apply for open positions. Nonstop flights Palm Springs join more than 40 nonstop destinations for Austin and Central Texas travelers offered by the airline. Tickets are now on sale at AA.com.
About Current Airport Improvements & the Airport Expansion and Development Program
The Airport Expansion & Development Program (AEDP) is a strategic, phased approach to guiding construction and improvement projects, including select 2040 Master Plan projects, at AUS over the next several years. The AEDP projects will improve the passenger experience and meet the rising demand for air service at AUS in three phases; optimizing the Barbara Jordan Terminal through improvements that accommodate forecasted demand and enhance operations; expanding infrastructure to increase gates; constructing a new midfield concourse, and connecting tunnel. Driving regional economic recovery and supporting Austin’s growth is a primary goal of the program. The program will create jobs and provide opportunities for local businesses and the Minority-owned (MBE) and Woman-owned businesses (WBE) in the contracting community.
In 2021, AUS launched an Environmental Assessment (EA) guided by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to support the AEDP, which was submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for review and approval in spring 2022.
About Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Owned and operated by the City of Austin, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is the second-fastest growing, mid-sized Airport in the United States. Austin-Bergstrom is also an economic engine in Central Texas, supplying over 74,000 direct and indirect jobs in the Central Texas region.
For the latest news, real-time flight information, parking availability, and details on the many services provided at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport visit AustinTexas.gov/Airport. You can also follow Austin-Bergstrom on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.