While twice weekly flights operated by regional jets might not appear exciting on the surface, I think these routes are pretty noteworthy.
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American adds two new Caribbean flights
American Airlines has been expanding its Miami hub significantly in recent months, as the carrier faces increased competition from new entrants into the market, including JetBlue, Southwest, and Spirit. The carrier has now announced two new Caribbean routes, to Anguilla and Dominica.
As of December 11, 2021, American will launch 2x weekly flights between Miami (MIA) and Anguilla (AXA). The 1,221-mile flight will operate with the following schedule on Wednesdays and Saturdays:
AA3780 Miami to Anguilla departing 10:50AM arriving 2:49PM
AA3780 Anguilla to Miami departing 3:40PM arriving 5:53PM
As of December 8, 2021, American will launch 2x weekly flights between Miami (MIA) and Dominica (DOM). The 1,415-mile flight will operate with the following schedule on Wednesdays and Saturdays:
AA3579 Miami to Dominica departing 11:00AM arriving 3:21PM
AA3579 Dominica to Miami departing 4:24PM arriving 6:55PM
Both flights will be operated by American Eagle using Embraer E175 aircraft. These planes feature a total of 76 seats, including 12 first class seats, 20 extra legroom economy seats, and 44 economy seats. Personally I find these jets to be extremely comfortable, on par with mainline aircraft. I love the 1-2 layout in first class, and the 2-2 layout in economy, meaning there are no middle seats.
What makes these new Caribbean routes cool
While two new regional jet routes to the Caribbean might not sound too exciting, both of these are potentially valuable additions. Why? Neither island otherwise has direct service from the United States mainland.
For example, Anguilla is a popular destination for Americans, and has plenty of great hotels, ranging from Cap Juluca (Belmond), to Four Seasons, to Malliouhana (Auberge), to Zemi Beach House (LXR). Up until now if you’ve wanted to get to Anguilla, you’d need to connect through another Caribbean island.
Dominica is an awesome eco-destination based on everything I’ve heard, and I’d love to visit at some point. However, up until now there has been no direct service to the mainland.
The schedules for both of these flights are well timed, and are ideal for planning a three to four day trip to the Caribbean.
American Airlines will be launching twice weekly flights from Miami to both Anguilla and Dominica. These are great new routes, given that both of these are destinations that don’t otherwise have service directly from the United States mainland.
It’s always nice to see destinations become more easily accessible, and that’s exactly what these routes offer.
What do you make of American Airlines’ two new Caribbean routes? Have any OMAAT readers been to Anguilla or Dominica?