American to resume Detroit-Washington National service

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American Airlines will resume nonstop service between Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports in November, just three months after suspending service.

The new service will operate four-times daily on a combination of Bombardier CRJ200, Embraer 170 and Embraer 175 aircraft operated under the US Airways Express brand from 6 November, the Fort Worth, Texas-based Oneworld alliance carrier’s website shows.

The decision to resume the route followed “a number of conversations between American Airlines and the airport authority management team”, says Detroit airport.

American announced plans to cut service between Detroit and Washington National as a result of its slot divestitures at the Washington DC airport in January. The route was one of 17 it elected to cut with service ending in August.

The move left Delta Air Lines as the only carrier on the route, Innovata schedules show.

It is not clear where American is getting the slots from to resume Detroit-Washington National service, as its divestiture of 52 slot pairs in exchange for regulatory approval of its merger with US Airways in 2013 has not changed.

The airline was not immediately available for comment.