American Airlines will add a second daily nonstop flight from Los Angeles to Washington Reagan National Airport, the carrier announced Wednesday as part of its reshuffling of its DCA service.
As part of its merger with US Airways, American was forced to divest 52 daily round-trip flights from Reagan Airport, which is capacity controlled. On Wednesday, American announced which cities would lose service to the airport, considerably closer to the nation’s capital than Washington Dulles Airport. Most of the airports losing flights are in small to medium-sized cities.
But Los Angeles actually gains. American announced it is shifting a San Diego flight now operated by US Airways to Los Angeles. That will mean there will be now three flights per day between Los Angeles and Reagan — one on Alaska Airlines and two on American.
The L.A. route is likely a big money maker, as airlines are generally barred from flying from Reagan to cities more than 1,250 miles from Washington. Over the years, Congress had made a bunch of exceptions, allowing cities like San Francisco, Denver and Phoenix to have access to Reagan Airport. But there are still relatively few flights to the West.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Transportation is accepting bids for American’s divested slots. Here are the cities American is giving up from Reagan:
|Fort Walton Beach, Fla.|
|Little Rock, Ark.|
|Myrtle Beach, S.C.|
|San Diego, Calif.|