December 7, 2022

A week of operations from American Airlines’ Phoenix hub

Phoenix is ​​American Airlines’ sixth-largest hub by flights, according to analysis of OAG schedule information for the week beginning November 9, 2022. It has 1,531 flights from Phoenix and around 220 daily (double the total arrivals and departures). In a comparable week in 2019, the US hub of Phoenix performed 1,746 flights; it’s 88% of what it was.


Phoenix American Hub

Inherited from US Airways, American is Phoenix’s largest carrier, but it’s not overly dominant. It has 44% of flights this week, far from the 70% required to be a fortress hub, where an airport is heavily controlled by an airline and its regional partner. Phoenix contrasts sharply with Dallas-Fort Worth and Charlotte in particular, helped by the Americans’ use of Phoenix as a hub, its takeover, and the strong presence of Southwest (33%).

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This week, the US average for Phoenix seats per flight is 144. That’s more than all other hubs except Miami (161) and is notably larger than Philadelphia (117). This is, of course, because American uses relatively few regional jets in Phoenix. Only a third of flights are carried out by CRJ-700s, CRJ-900s and E175s, while 53% are carried out by 737-800s (its most used type), 737 MAX 8s, A321ceos and A321neos .

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About 94% of American’s Phoenix flights are domestic. The aThe global carrier is offering nonstop service to 81 domestic airports in 35 states this week, with California, Texas, expanded Arizona, Florida and Colorado serving the most. Between them, these five have just over half of all US flights from Phoenix.

With 353 services, California naturally receives by far the highest number – a quarter of everything its domestic departures from Phoenix. Sixteen airports in California are connected this week, with Los Angeles and Orange County tied for first place with 5 times per day and Santa Rosa the least served with 1 time per day.

When analyzing the busiest domestic routes, it’s no surprise that hub-to-hub service remains crucial, as is usually the case when reviewing hubs. Of course, such a high number of flights revolves heavily around transit passengers.

American has 94 international flights involving 12 routes, with all but one to Mexico. Given its relative proximity, it’s hardly surprising that Los Cabos is the most serviced. It usually has 4 daily Phoenix flights (A321, 737-800).

The only non-Mexican route is London Heathrow, served 1x daily (777-200ER), as well as 1x daily by joint venture partner British Airways (A350-1000). American added Heathrow in 2019. Its last non-Mexican/UK international routes were Vancouver and Calgary, served last year. There is no indication if or when they will return.

International does not represent a large proportion of American’s Phoenix flights. At 6%, it is tied with Charlotte, and both have more than Chicago O’Hare (4%). However, Phoenix’s comparative lack is striking when actual flights are examined. Only O’Hare (84) comes close, followed by Philadelphia (153). Then there are Charlotte (233), Dallas Fort Worth (507) and Miami (908).

Did you fly US to/from Phoenix? If so, share your experiences in the comments.