American Airlines will add eight new routes to the Caribbean and Latin America beginning in September, bolstering its already leading presence to the region.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier will launch twice daily Los Angeles-Mexico City service with 160-seat Boeing 737-800s on 2 September. Alaska Airlines is shifting the authority for the route to American and will place its code on the flights.

Delta Air Lines had sought the authority as well, however, the US Department of Transportation denied its request.

American will launch twice-weekly Los Angeles-Mazatlan service with 76-seat Embraer 175s from 7 November.

On 18 December, the airline will begin five-times weekly Dallas/Fort Worth-Quito service with 128-seat Airbus A319s and twice-weekly Los Angeles-Montego Bay service with 737-800s.

A day later it will add Saturday-only service between Charlotte and both Curacao and Puerto Plata, between Chicago O’Hare and Punta Cana and between Dallas/Fort Worth and Punta Cana. The Charlotte and Dallas/Fort Worth flights will be flown with A319s and the Chicago flight with a 737-800.

In addition, American will resume five-times weekly service between New York John F Kennedy and Caracas with a Boeing 757-200 on 17 December. It suspended service on the route in July 2014 due to its inability to repatriate cash from Venezuela.

Aeromexico, United Airlines and Volaris fly the Los Angeles-Mexico City route, Alaska and Delta Los Angeles-Mazatlan, InselAir Charlotte-Curacao, Frontier Airlines and United Chicago O’Hare-Punta Cana and Sun Country Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth-Punta Cana, Innovata schedules show.

No airlines fly the Los Angeles-Montego Bay, Charlotte-Puerto Plata and Dallas/Fort Worth-Quito routes, Innovata shows.

Source: Cirium Dashboard