American adding weekly Curacao, Puerto Plata flights from Charlotte


American Airlines said Monday that it plans to add weekly flights from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to two Caribbean destinations starting in December.

Nonstop flights from Charlotte to the island of Curacao and Puerto Plata, in the Dominican Republic, are scheduled to start Dec. 19, with booking availability July 20.

Both flights will be operated once weekly, on Saturday, and both flights are scheduled on the Airbus A319, which seats 124 total.

The new flights are part of a package of new routes that American Airlines is starting, including Los Angeles-Mazatlan, Mexico, and Chicago to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Charlotte is American’s second-busiest hub, after Dallas/Fort Worth. The airport has seen a dip in international travelers, however, since American pared down its international routes following its 2013 merger with US Airways.