MIAMI — As first reported by the Charlotte Observer, US Airways/American Airlines plans to trim new seasonal flights between Charlotte and Europe before they even start. Last October, the carrier announced that it would launch a major trans-Atlantic expansion from Charlotte.
Starting May 23, 2014, US Airways will launch year-round daily flights between Charlotte and Barcelona utilizing a Airbus A330-200. The carrier was also going to launch seasonal flights to Manchester (UK) and Lisbon between May 23 and September 28 utilizing a Boeing 757-200. Additionally, it was also going to operate daily seasonal flights to Brussels between June 5 and September 1 utilizing a Boeing 767-200.
Due to weaker-than-expected bookings, the airline plans to reduce the number of flights it was expecting to fly, according to what an airline spokesperson told the Charlotte Observer. Flights to Brussels and Lisbon will operate four days a week instead of daily. Additionally, all of the seasonal flights will end approximately a month earlier than the original end dates.
The expansion was positive news for the Charlotte hub, and it represented a 34.9% increase in summer trans-Atlantic capacity year over year. Although the schedule is being reduced, passengers flying US Airways will still be able to reach ten European destinations from Charlotte.
As American and US Airways begin to integrate, the carrier is ensuring that it maximizes its fleet and profitability. As soon as this summer, we could see American and US Airways begin to cross fleet.