American to bank Miami schedule in August

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Updated with comments from American on customs waits

American Airlines will implement a new banked schedule at its Miami International airport hub on 19 August, as it continues to harmonise its combined network with US Airways.

The new schedule will see flights grouped to arrive and depart based on geography, for example northbound flights will depart shortly after southbound flights arrive, the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier says in an employee newsletter on 17 April.

American is working with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to plan staffing levels at peak times that they believe will address any increase in peak demand from the banked schedule, it says.

Miami International was second only to New York JFK in customs wait times in the USA in May 2013, a US Customs and Border Protection study found.

Scott Kirby, president of American, said in January that banked flight schedules at Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth and Miami, as well as other merger synergies, would help generate an additional $400 million in earnings improvements for the carrier.

American plans to implement banked schedules at the Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth airports in 2015.