Cirium data indicates that there will be a significant reduction in service to Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) in California and Indianapolis International Airport (IND) in Indiana. Both routes will operate at a fraction of their normal capacity in February and will be completely suspended in March.
American Airlines has reduced the number of flights it operates between AUS and IND by 21 and between AUS and PSP by 24 to just three during the first week of February. There will be a complete shutdown of these routes in March, which means that 31 fewer flights will be available. During this time, travelers from AUS to IND or PSP have the option of making a connection via one of American Airlines' hubs.
Both routes are anticipated to return by April 4th, 2024, however with a minor decrease in flights from prior years. American Airlines could not be reached for comment. American Airlines intends to keep running both flights through the end of 2024, according to Cirium data.
Passengers arriving from AUS at IND have other options, such as nonstop flights operated by Southwest Airlines on 737 aircraft. Additionally, connections to IND are offered by United Airlines and Delta Air Lines. United flights terminate at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) or Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), while Delta flights link through Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW).
There are presently no non-stop options available for passengers traveling from AUS to PSP until American Airlines resumes service. Nevertheless, travelers can fly with American Airlines, making a stopover in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) before continuing on to PSP on a CRJ700 aircraft. A comparable service is provided by United Airlines, with connections at IAH or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
American Airlines has undergone changes in the past few months, not the least of which is the reduction in service from AUS. The airline announced major service cuts towards the end of 2023, and as a result, the 2024 timetable only had 21 non-stop trips instead of the previous 46.
Bergstrom International Airport in Austin is now receiving substantial improvements that will cost about $164 million. Since the pandemic began, the airport has stated its support for American Airlines' overall expansion at AUS.
Numerous noteworthy route modifications have occurred at AUS in recent months, including the decision by Alaska Airlines to cease operations out of San José Mineta International Airport. Delta Air Lines is expanding in central Texas despite these cuts, with plans to add 11 peak daily flights and a 20% increase in seat capacity.