American makes changes at DCA (Washington, DC) and LGA


American Airlines announced changed today to service at Washington Reagan National Airport in Arlington, VA (Washington, DC) and LaGuardia in New York.  The changes are the result of slot divestments that are part of the previously announced merger settlement American and US Airways made with the U.S. Department of Justice.  The merged airline must give up slots at DCA and LGA.  

American is giving up 52 slot pairs at DCA.  As a result American is cutting year-round, daily nonstop service to 17 destinations from DCA.  Cities no longer receiving service from American at DCA include:

  • Agusta, GA
  • Detroit, MI
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Ft. Walton Beach, FL
  • Islip, NY
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • Omaha, NE
  • Pensacola, FL
  • San Diego, CA
  • Savannah, GA
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Wilmington, NC

American hasn't announced the date the changes will be effective.  The airline is waiting to finalize the sale of slots in the coming weeks.  I find it interesting that two of the destinations being cut are to Delta hubs (DTW and MSP).  This should make Delta happy.

Another interesting note, American is moving US Airways current flight to San Diego to Los Angles.  This will give American two daily non-stop flights on this route. The only competition on the DCA-LAX route is Alaska Airlines.


American also announced its divesting 17 slot pairs at LGA.  American is cutting service to Atlanta, Cleveland and Minneapolis.  However, the merged airline will provide new service to the following cities:

  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Dayton, OH
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Louisville, KY
  • Richmond, VA
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Wilmington, NC

The routes go on sale January 26, with flights beginning April 1.

Slot Sale

It's still not clear which airlines will get the newly vacant slots at DCA.  My guess is that Southwest, Virgin America and JetBlue stand to gain at Reagan.