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New Route of the Day – Americas (15 February 2024): American between Phoenix and Pasco


American launched a new domestic service on Thursday 15 February between Phoenix and Pasco in Washington state, served by Tri-Cities Airport. The 1,545-kilometre route will be maintained daily with the 76-seat E175 aircraft operated by American’s capacity provider SkyWest Airlines under the American Eagle brand. It faces no competition between the two cities.

Flight AA4944 takes off from Phoenix at 11:20 local time, arriving in Pasco at 13:20 local time. The return service, operating under the same flight number, departs Tri-Cities Airport at 15:00 touching back down in Arizona at 19:00 local time.

What they said

Philippe Puech, Director of Short-Haul Network Planning at American, said: “American Airlines is excited to add Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco to our global route network. This new service connecting PSC to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will mark our 100th nonstop destination from PHX, providing local residents easy access to all that Arizona has to offer and convenient one-stop access to the places customers want to visit most.”

Buck Taft, Director of Tri-Cities Airport, added: “This is great news for the Tri-Cities region. This new daily service will connect Tri-Cities with the global American network, which is incredible. And bringing in an entirely new air carrier allows the airport to provide passengers additional opportunities, increased competition, and more available seats. Success builds on success. If the community uses this route, the airline will have every incentive to add more.”

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American last of “US Big Three” to serve Pasco

Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco is the largest in the Southeastern Washington and Northeastern Oregon region and the third-largest airport by the number of airlines served in the state of Washington. With connections to several major hubs, the airport is served by Delta, United, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, and Avelo Airlines. American becomes the last of the US Big Three to operate out of Pasco.

Pasco Airport registers busiest year on record

Pasco Airport handled 872,578 passengers in 2023, representing an increase of 15.8% on the previous year, breaking its all-time passenger record. It beat its previous best of 870,890 travellers in 2019.

The growth was fuelled by Alaska Airlines upgauging equipment on its Seattle – Pasco service from E175 aircraft to larger 737 jet. Furthermore, Allegiant upped its number of flights from Las Vegas from two to three weekly rotations. Passenger figures in 2024 are expected to be further strengthened by American’s arrival.

The start to 2024 has been a strong one for Pasco, with the airport handling 35,701 passengers in January, marking its busiest start to the year. It outperformed its previous best January result set in 2020 by 5%.

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