American adds more nonstop L.A. flights

The Associated Press /

Published Apr 11, 2013 at 05:00AM

DALLAS — Redmond isn’t the only airport being added to American Airlines’ new nonstop flights from Los Angeles, where it’s battling United, Southwest and other airlines for dominance.

American said Wednesday that it will begin service to Eugene at the same time it adds Redmond on June 12. Other cities with new, nonstop service include Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Columbus, Ohio; Hartford, Conn., and Bentonville, Ark.

American began flights between Los Angeles and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., last week.

American is also seeking government approval to fly between Los Angeles and Sao Paulo, Brazil, beginning in November.

Los Angeles is one of American’s five key markets in the U.S. It’s trying to beef up ahead of its announced merger with US Airways Group Inc. American said the new service would give it 51 U.S. and international destinations from Los Angeles International Airport.

“Our hub in Los Angeles will serve a key role in international routes, particularly as a gateway to Asian destinations,” American’s chief commercial officer, Virasb Vahidi, said in an interview. American and partner airlines, including Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific, fly to Asia from Los Angeles International.

Vahidi said adding service to cities like Pittsburgh from Los Angeles should also help American attract more business travelers.

The new flights to Oregon will be operated by SkyWest Airlines, and the service to Arkansas will be flown by American’s regional subsidiary, American Eagle.