American Airlines Plans More Miami Expansion (New Route To Tel Aviv & More)

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American Airlines is the largest carrier at Miami International Airport and it has now announced a further expansion of its route network out of its south Florida hub. Travelers can expect new non-stop services to South America and Israel as well as two new domestic seasonal routes and increased frequencies to the Caribbean and Latin America.

American’s New International Miami Routes

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Tel Aviv, Israel

From 4 June 2021, American Airlines plans to offer a new 3x/week service between Miami and Tel Aviv that is set to run year-round. APer American Airlines, the schedule will look like this:

AAxx MIA 20:00 – 15:10+ 1 day TLV (Wed, Fri & Sun)
AAxx TLV 23:55 – 06:25+ 1 day MIA (Mon, Thu & Sat)

The 12-hour flights will be operated by an American Airlines Boeing 777-200 which doesn’t have a First Class cabin but offers 37 lie-flat Business Class seats that are among the best premium cabin seats that you’ll find on a transatlantic flight. The aircraft also offers 24 Premium Economy seats (reviewed here), 66 Main Cabin Extra seats, and 146 tight and cramped regular main Cabin seats.

At the time of writing, the flights have not yet been loaded into the booking engines so details on flight numbers, pricing, and award availability are not yet available, but with the route set to launch in under 4 months time, it shouldn’t be long before these flights are visible on AA.com.

Paramaribo, Surinam

American Airlines will be adding a new destination to its route network when it launches a 5x/week service between Miami and Paramaribo on 1 July 2021.  Per American Airlines, this is what the schedule will look like:

AAxx MIA 17:30 – 23:30 PMB (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sun)
AAxx PMB 01:45 – 05:05 MIA (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat)

This route is set to be operated by an American Airlines Airbus A319 so as the flying distance between Miami and Paramaribo is around 2,170 miles and as American’s A319 offers just 30″ of legroom in Economy Class, I would probably do everything possible to avoid these flights if I couldn’t, at the very least, reserve an exit row or a Main Cabin Extra seat where passengers are given 34″ of legroom and have a chance of getting some blood flowing through their legs.

American’s New International Miami Routes

Starting on 5 June, American Airlines will offer two new seasonal domestic routes out of Miami. For summer 2021, American Airlines will serve Portland (Maine) and Little Rock (Arkansas) 1x/week using its E175 regional jets.

This is what the planned schedules look like:

AAxx MIA 19:40 – 21:15 LIT (Sat)
AAxx LIT 06:00 – 09:45 MIA (Sat)

And

AAxx MIA 10:25 – 13:45 PWM (Sat)
AAxx PWM 14:30 – 17:59 MIA (Sat)

American’s E175 Embraer regional jets offer 12 First Class seats (approx. 20″ wide and 37″ of pitch), 24 Main Cabin Extra seats (approx. 18″ wide and 34″ of pitch), and 44 regular Economy Class seats (approx. 18″ wide and 30″ of pitch).

Like the A319 that’s set to operate on the new route to Paramaribo, there’s a miserable amount of legroom in the regular Economy Class seats of the E175 so while that may be bearable for the shorter flights to/from Little Rock, I would do everything possible to avoid them on the Portland flights that are well over 3 hours long.

Increased Frequencies To The Caribbean/Latin America

American Airlines plans to add more flights to a number of destinations in the Caribbean that it serves out of Miami. In brief, these frequency changes look like this:

  • Miami to Port-au-Prince (Haiti): 5 daily flights from April 2021
  • Miami to Santiago (Dominican Rep.): 4 daily flights from April 2021
  • Miami to Santo Domingo (Dominican Rep.): 7 daily flights from April 2021

The airline has also said that it will be increasing services to 12 destinations in Latin America but other than suggesting that these 12 destinations include Bogota, Medellin, and Cali, Guayaquil, Quito, Lima, and Santiago (Chile), no further details have been provided.

Bottom Line

American Airlines is increasing its offerings out of Miami by adding new international routes to Israel and Surinam, new seasonal domestic routes to Little Rock and Portland (Maine), and by expanding the number of flights that it offers to a variety of destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America.

As things stand, most of this expansion is set to take place between April and July 2021 but with South America seeing ever-increasing rates of infection from a new coronavirus variant, don’t be surprised if the route to Surinam and some of the expanded frequencies to South America get pushed back.