American expands regional flying in Miami

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American Airlines announced today an expansion of regional flying by its American Eagle subsidiary at its Miami hub.

The new flights, all operated with Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft, are set to begin 18 November.

The Dallas-based airline plans double-daily service from Cleveland. Continental currently flies between Cleveland and Miami six times per week using ERJ-135 aircraft operated by ExpressJet Airlines, according to the Innovata database.

American Eagle previously flew between the two cities, with service ending in November 2008.

In addition to the new route, American will also be bolstering capacity on existing routes.

Service from Cincinnati will increase from once to thrice daily, and will become twice-daily on 4 April. American currently competes with Delta Air Lines on the route, which operates six weekly mainline MD-80 flights, and two weekly flights provided by regional subsidiary Comair with Bombardier CRJ700s.

Like Cincinnati, Columbus service will increase to three-times-daily from one daily flight, and become twice-daily in April.

The carrier is also adding additional frequencies from Miami to Columbus, Greensboro, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh, and Richmond. The additional frequencies are seasonal, except in Indianapolis, Jacksonville, and Pittsburgh.

Of the additional flights, American only faces competition in Memphis, where Delta and regional partner Pinnacle airlines provide 14 weekly frequencies, according to Innovata.

American continues to roll-out its "cornerstone" strategy introduced earlier this year that entails focusing the bulk of its flights in five key markets -- Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York.