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American Airlines adds new Caribbean destination from Charlotte, other flights

An American Airlines jet at Charlotte Douglas International Airport
An American Airlines jet at Charlotte Douglas International Airport jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

American Airlines plans to add nonstop year-round Saturday service from Charlotte to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic starting in June, the airline said on Tuesday.

American currently offers flights from Charlotte to Santo Domingo with connections at its Miami hub.

The planned addition comes as American has made several changes to flights from Charlotte, its second-largest hub.

American also announced Tuesday it will:

  • Add a seasonal Saturday service from Charlotte to Traverse City, Mich.

  • Increase service from Charlotte to Barbados to daily, year-round flights.
  • Increase service from Charlotte to Liberia, Costa Rica to Saturday and Sunday flights.

American filed last week for approval to end its flight from Charlotte to Havana Cuba, instead moving the flight to Miami.

In 2016, the Obama administration relaxed restrictions for U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba. The U.S. Department of Transportation chose Charlotte as one of 10 cities to add a route to Havana.

Since then, the Trump administration tightened travel restrictions, once again barring most non-group travel.

American said that those stricter rules on travel to Cuba cut down on the number of passengers from the Charlotte.

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The airline also has announced plans to add a winter service from Charlotte to Guadalajara, Mexico and a nonstop flight to Munich, Germany.

Cassie Cope: 704-358-5926, @cassielcope.
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