American Airlines to fly LAX-Seattle, also Portland, New Orleans

By David Flynn , January 21 2016
American Airlines to fly LAX-Seattle, also Portland, New Orleans

American Airlines is adding over a dozen daily flights from its Los Angeles hub, with Seattle set for five daily services plus three for Portland.

The new direct runs will be a boon to Australian business travellers who typically have to wait hours for connecting Alaska Airlines flights from LAX to the northwest cities – and spend them waiting in the airline's shoebox of a lounge at LAX Terminal.

(Happily, the revamped Board Room lounge at Seattle puts a brighter face on things.)

Beginning June 3, American's LAX boost will see a 10% increase in the number of domestic flights out of Los Angeles. Here's the full list:

  • Seattle, Washington (5x daily)
  • Portland, Oregon (3x daily)
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota (2x daily)
  • Hartford, Connecticut (daily)
  • Kansas City, Missouri (daily) 
  • New Orleans, Louisiana (daily)
  • Omaha, Nebraska (daily)

There'll also be seasonal daily flights to Anchorage, Alaska and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, plus seasonal weekend shuttles to the Colorado towns of Durango, Montrose and Vail.

American Airlines has also promised a revamp of its LAX Flagship Lounge and Admirals Club lounges.

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David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Oct 2014

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AA goes 'bigger' at LAX ! With the new routes, AA will serve 70 destination cities from Los Angeles.

In associated news, AA will also add two (2) additional gates within their Terminal 4 complex. This is being made possible by the reconfiguration of international gates within Terminal 4 which are no longer required due to those international services being transferred to TBIT.

The LAX-SEA-LAX route will be particuarly interesting. My bet is that Alaska (AK) will put a code-share on AA's flight. Makes the recent expansion of DL (Delta) at SEA a little less potent IMHO.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Oct 2014

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Apologies for the mis-type.

Code for Alaska Airlines should be AS (not AK).

FLX
FLX

10 Dec 2015

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<<This is being made possible by the reconfiguration of international gates within Terminal 4 which are no longer required due to those international services being transferred to TBIT.>>

It wasn't aware of the relo of AA int'l ops fm T4 to TBIT so thx for the update.  Unlike DL and UA @ LAX, AA has a huge advantage to facilitate/implement such op relo because T4 has always been physically just a stone throw away fm TBIT.  With the recently new built connector structure(Very decent & indeed world class) between T4 and TBIT, the pax transfer experience between Int'l ops of AA+OneWorld partners @ TBIT and AA domestic @ T4 will be as good as any other leading hubs....certainly way better than connecting between QF Int'l and QF Domestic @ SYD or BA between T5 and T3 @ LHR.

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11 Oct 2014

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No worries FLX - glad it was useful.

But, longterm, the news at LAX gets even better for AA. DL has just last week signed a LoI with Los Angeles World Airways Corp to relocate to Terminals 2 & 3, once Terminal 2 is demolished and rebuilt. Should probably take some 24-30 months.

General opinion is that AA will take over Terminal 5, in addition to Terminal 4. Current AA Gate operations at Terminal 6 and Terminal 3 (ex US Airways) will then be moved to Terminal 5, along with the opening up of lots of new gates for AA. Terminal 5 is expected to be remodelled (removing int'l gates there also).

It is proposed that the current incumbents of Terminal 2 (AM and a few other small fry) will move to Terminal 6 when the demolition starts, Ultimately, the rebuilt Terminal 2 & and remodelled Terminal 3 will become Delta's new home. However WN Southwest will retain Terminal 1 for domestic and will have shared access in Terminal 2 for proposed International - along with DL international.

Nothing ever stands still at LAX these days LOL.

12 Dec 2012

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The T4-TBIT airside connector isn't open yet. A few more months away.

AA has rights to 4 gates in TBIT, and currently uses them for domestic flights, often to SFO and FL.

There is a CBP FIS area in T4, but it was closed when CBP refused to keep staffing it. Arriving AA international flights can park at T4, but then have to be bused or go through a tunnel to the TBIT FIS. Once the airside connector opens and more AA flights can make use of TBIT, many of the current delays for AA flights will disappear.


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