AA reopens renovated lounge at CLT, plots more growth in 2019
American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) also said Wednesday morning that beginning June 6, it will grow its daily, nonstop flight offerings at CLT to destinations like Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (two additional flights), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida (two additional flights), Orlando International Airport in Florida (one additional flight) and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey (two additional flights).
Those are the same cities to be served by a new-to-CLT airline that will make its Charlotte debut this summer. Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines announced plans earlier this month to launch flights to Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Newark beginning June 20.
American Airlines said it will also add flights to its existing daily service at CLT to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (one more flight), Los Angeles International Airport (two) and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City (one).
Also this year, CLT is adding nonstop service to various new destinations “With new gates opening at the end of this year, increases in frequencies on popular routes, new international service and a renovated Admirals Club, there’s so much to look forward to in Charlotte,” said Vasu Raja, vice president of network and schedule planning for American Airlines.
American Airlines gained access to several more gates at CLT’s existing A concourse after the new nine-gate Concourse A expansion opened last July. An AA spokeswoman at CLT said last April that those seven gates would take about a year to renovate after airlines moved to the newly expanded, 230,000-square-foot section of the concourse. AA President Robert Isom just recently hinted at the carrier’s “high margin growth plan” at its Dallas and Charlotte hubs during a conference call to discuss fourth-quarter earnings.
American Airlines operates about 91% of flights at Charlotte Douglas, which sees 80% or so of its passengers connect on to other destinations. In 2017, American Airlines served more than 42 million passengers at CLT. Its 2018 passenger count is not yet available.
Growth at the Charlotte airport coincides with Destination CLT, which will bring $2.5 billion worth of renovations and expansion projects there between 2015 and 2025.