American Airlines Adds Two New Routes Out Of Miami

Starting this December, Fort Worth, Texas-headquartered American Airlines will add two new destinations from its largest international gateway…

American Airlines Adds Two New Routes Out Of Miami

Starting this December, Fort Worth, Texas-headquartered American Airlines will add two new destinations from its largest international gateway at Miami International Airport (MIA). As the US carrier continues to grow its footprint in South Florida, Miami’s hometown airline will offer flights to Dominica and Anguilla in the Caribbean.

American Airlines will use Embraer E175 for the MIA to AXA and DOM flights. Photo: Getty Images

Starting December 8, 2021, American Airlines will fly twice a week on a Wednesday and Sunday to Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM) in Dominica. The flight will depart MIA at 11:00 and arrive at DOM at 15:21. The return flight will leave Dominica at 16:24 and arrive in Miami at 18:55. Beginning December 11, 2021, American Airlines will offer non-stop flights to Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA) on the island of Anguilla. No other information is available now, and the flight is not yet in the American Airlines reservation system.

AA has been growing its network from MIA

When speaking about the new flights in a statement seen by the Miami Herald newspaper American Airlines president of MIA hub operations, Juan Carlos Liscano, said:

“We have been strategically growing our route network to give customers more choices to new destinations, better meeting the demand for travel to Miami, the Caribbean, and Latin America.”

The move to offer flights to Dominica and Anguilla follows an American Airlines statement announcing new flights from MIA to San Andres Island, Colombia, and Chetumal, Mexico. The Texas-based airline was also planning on flying from Miami to Paramaribo, Suriname starting this month, but it has now been delayed until September.

International travel from MIA is still down

When speaking in an American Airlines statement about the airline’s new routes from Miami, MIA Interim Director Ralph Cutie said:

“I deeply appreciate the commitment by American Airlines to further expand its presence in Miami-Dade County with even more routes and increased flights coming soon to Miami International Airport. Our County’s tourism industry has almost fully returned to pre-pandemic levels, and that is largely due to American Airlines’ unwavering service to our community as our busiest airline partner.”

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MIA is a large hub for American Airlines. Photo: Getty Images

Despite an increase in people flying, international travel from MIA is still down from 2019 levels. According to the Miami Herald, during May, MIA saw 1,090,347 people taking international flights, which is down 40% on 2019 levels.

About Dominica and Anguilla

Dominica

The Carribean island of Dominica is a part of the Windward Islands chain in the Lesser Antilles archipelago. Wedged between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, Dominica is an English-speaking island that attracts independent travelers and eco-adventures. With its lush rainforest-shrowded volcanos and superb diving Dominica is an unspoiled Carribean gem. Unlike some of its Carribean neighbors, Dominica has resisted the lure of mass tourism and does not have a cruise terminal or an airport capable of handling large aircraft. Last month American Eagle flew a proving flight with an Embraer ERJ-170, but we believe a 76 seat Embraer ERJ-175 will be used on the route.

Both islands are English-speaking destinations. Image GCmaps

Anguilla

Situated east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and directly north of Saint Martin., Anguilla is a British Overseas Territory with approximately 14,731 people. You will find luxury hotels and villas that cater to celebrities and jet-setters who crave a vacation off the radar on Anguilla. The sandy beaches are fabulous, and the offshore reefs offer spectacular snorkeling in crystal clear water. Unlike many other nearby islands, Anguilla is relatively flat, which means getting around by car or bicycle is easy.

What do you think of American Airlines two new Carribean destinations? Please tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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Cathay Pacific Requires Vaccines Or Tests To Enter Its Property

In just over a month, Hong Kong-based carrier Cathay Pacific will require everyone entering its premises to either…

Cathay Pacific Requires Vaccines Or Tests To Enter Its Property

In just over a month, Hong Kong-based carrier Cathay Pacific will require everyone entering its premises to either be fully vaccinated or show a negative test result. The new policy, directed at its workforce via an internal memo, was leaked to the public on Friday and will come into effect on September 1st.

Cathay Pacific is following other airlines in having a nearly mandatory vaccination policy, allowing regular testing as an alternative. Photo: Cathay Pacific

“The Delta variant and other COVID-19 strains that have recently been found present in Hong Kong, are very concerning and as a responsible employer it is our obligation to ensure that we have as safe a working environment as possible.” -Patricia Hwang, Director People, Cathay Pacific, in a memo via Danny Lee.

Expanding beyond aircrew

Simple Flying first reported in late May on the airline’s push to have its aircrew vaccinated. A leaked internal memo from the airline’s Director of Flight Operations warned that being vaccinated could be an essential requirement for Hong Kong-based aircrew. That policy was given a clear deadline of August 31st, as we reported in late July.

However, with this recent policy, which is effective September 1st, Cathay Pacific is broadening the scope of its vaccine requirement – as it’s more than just aircrew setting foot on airline property.

The news comes via Hong Kong-based journalist Danny Lee, who posted the memo to Twitter. In the memo, personnel director Patricia Hwang noted that the airline has looked at what further steps should be taken to protect its people and mitigate risk, “should there be any confirmed cases in Cathay City or other Cathay premises…”

The four-paragraph memo builds up to the final paragraph, which states:

“The decision has been made that from 1 September it will be a requirement that in order to enter Cathay premises, everyone will need to have taken the necessary doses of the vaccine type you have received (i.e. two doses if receiving the vaccine in Hong Kong) or be tested every two weeks.”

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The new policy will impact more than just the airline’s crew members. Photo: Cathay Pacific

Obviously, an airline is made up of more than just aircrew. Thus, it looks like the introduction of this policy will affect much of the airline’s Hong Kong-based workforce, from aircraft technicians all the way to those working in Cathay’s offices- such as administration and operations.

Policy leaves room for the unvaccinated

The policy appears to leave some measure of flexibility for those unwilling or unable to get a vaccine. Indeed, the very last part of the memo shows that the alternative to inoculation is being tested every two weeks.

Therefore, while it may sound like a bold step on the surface, there’s still allowance for those who don’t want to get the jab. One concern is whether or not two weeks is frequent enough in terms of regular testing. Indeed, if an employee were to be infected one or two days after a test, it would take some time before the virus would be detected. Of course, if the majority of employees are vaccinated, the risk is mitigated.

Delta Air Lines has a mandatory vaccination policy for its international aircrew. Photo: Vincenzo Pace / Simple Pace

Another issue is the administration and cost associated with regular testing. While the process is likely much more streamlined and efficient than when this crisis first began, it is arguably more of an operational burden to regularly test employees.

On the other side of the world, this is something Lithuania has picked up on, with the country’s Prime Minister suggesting that the government may discontinue offering free coronavirus tests. “I’ll put it frankly: [testing] costs more to the state and the taxpayers than vaccinating a person,” she told LRT. The Prime Minister also noted that offering free tests discourages people from getting vaccinated. This is likely a dilemma that many organizations are facing at this critical juncture.

Simple Flying reached out to Cathay Pacific for comment. At the time of this article’s publication, no response was received.

What do you think of this policy? Is it too strict, or is it too lenient with the allowance of regular testing as a replacement? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment.

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