MIAMI — From June 2-4, American Airlines will begin operating new routes from six hubs to 20 destinations in its network.

As previously announced in January, the DFW-based carrier has added two new gates at Los Angeles (LAX) to support the new daily flights and hired another 200 workers on top of the nearly 500 jobs it has added at LAX since it merged with US Airways in December 2013. The airline currently has more than 5,100 Los Angeles-based employees, and operates 222 daily flights at LAX with service to more than 70 destinations around the world.


Interestingly, some of the services launched today include small cities such as the Dallas / Ft. Worth – Bozeman service.  This highlights a shift in the US airline industry to the possibilities of the frontier of air service to smaller US cities, benefiting from the drop in the oil prices which make operations to these destinations financially feasible.

The airline in February launched new nonstop service from LAX to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and will debut new nonstop service from LAX to Auckland, New Zealand this June. In September, American will add new flights to Hong Kong and pending regulatory approval will begin flights to Beijing in December.