American plans international expansion from New York

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American Airlines plans to launch three new destinations from New York JFK airport beginning in April.

Flights to San Jose, Costa Rica begin on 6 April, followed by service to Madrid, Spain on 1 May and Manchester, UK on 13 May.

American says the new routes will expand its international destinations served from New York to 31.

The carrier will operate Boeing 757s on the five weekly flights to San Jose, and also plans to place 757s on its new daily flights to Madrid. American will use the same aircraft type on daily service to Manchester.

Schedules in the Innovata database show Taca affiliate and Costa Rican carrier Lacsa operates Airbus A320s from JFK to San Jose three times per week. American's Oneworld partner Iberia operates an extensive schedule to Madrid using Airbus A340-200s/500s/600s while Delta Air Lines operates Boeing 767s on its six flights per week. Air Europa also offers five weekly flights from JFK to Madrid with A330-200s.

The schedules show Lufthansa operates a single Boeing MD-11 freighter flight between JFK and Manchester.