American Airlines to launch cheaper fares next month

American Airlines announced it will add new, cheap fares in February, as a “no-frills” way for consumers to travel.

Basic Economy fares will go on sale in 10 select markets in February, though the airline has not identified the specific markets yet. Expansions to additional markets can be expected later in the year, according to the company.

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It is not apparent yet if Ohio airports in Dayton, Cincinnati or Columbus will reap the benefits of the new, low rates.

“American Airlines now has something to offer every customer, from those who want simple, low-price travel to those who want an ultra-premium experience via First Class,” said Robert Isom, American Airlines president. “Importantly, this new fare product also gives American the ability to compete more effectively with the growing number of ultra low-cost carriers.”

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So, what can Basic Economy passengers expect? Customers will receive the lowest fares available with assigned seats automatically made at check-in. Upgrades are not permitted and passengers can bring one carry-on item that fits under the seat.

No overhead bin luggage is allowed. Basic Economy flyers are the last boarding group, and tickets are non-refundable and non-changeable.

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The American Airlines system, including PSA and Envoy Airlines, consistently transport the most passengers to and from the Dayton International Airport. Out of the 80,461 passenger enplanements in December, 32,358 passengers flew American Airlines.

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Currently, five airlines have a presence at the Dayton airport: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Allegiant Air. Earlier this month, Southwest announced it was pulling services out of the market in June.

Terrence Slaybaugh, the aviation director of Dayton International, told this newspaper that the airport would work to recruit new airlines and maintain strong relationships with existing partners.

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Dayton already has a growing relationship with the American Airlines system, which owns subsidiary PSA Airlines. In October, PSA opened its flagship hangar at Dayton International Airport — a $13 million, 77-000-square-foot space. PSA's has 898 employees in Dayton, its headquarters.

Across the U.S., American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of 6,700 flights daily to nearly 350 destinations.


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