American Airlines To Introduce Additional Flight

February 8, 2016

Commencing February 15th, American Airlines will operate a second flight between Bermuda and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Flight 1428 will depart JFK at 12 noon and arrive in Bermuda at 3:00 pm. The return flight departs Bermuda at 4:00 pm arriving in New York at 5:35 pm. The flight will operate every day except Tuesdays through until March 3 when it becomes a daily service.

“We are pleased that American Airlines looked at the performance of its Bermuda-New York service and determined that there was a real opportunity to expand on it,” said Minister of Tourism Development and Transport, Shawn Crockwell.

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“Our business and leisure travelers have expressed a desire for more options during the winter, and we believe this new service offers that. It is imperative that we see an increased number of such travelers in order for the new flight to perform well,” added Minister Crockwell.

“The late-afternoon arrival into JFK now provides passengers with a convenient connection to American’s several early evening departures to London. The airline’s new Boeing 777 fleet also serves other UK and European destinations, which is useful to both business and leisure travelers,” the Transport Ministry said.

“American’s announcement comes just a few months after United Airlines opted to reinstate its winter service out of Newark.”

“Many airlines understandably reduce their winter schedules to Bermuda in response to the lower demand during the non-peak season,” said Airport General Manager, Aaron Adderley.

However, these newly added winter flights guarantee that there are a sufficient number of available seats to accommodate any potential growth, primarily out of New York, our largest market.

“It is important that the new American service along with all of our existing flights, are ultimately successful as this paves the way for new, additional flights in the future as hopefully, demand grows,” he added.

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  1. Ryan says:

    Strange. I already thought we had enough daily flights to New York (United, Delta, Jet Blue, and on American), so I don’t see the need for another American. I imagine someone will pull out of service as a result.

    • frank says:

      why can’t you just be happy that aa is putting on this flight
      now we can get home in the daylight hours instead of the dark fool

    • D says:

      Im with u on this

  2. Fundamentals says:

    Great stuff. Now let’s see how this might give British Airways some much needed competition.

  3. Jus' Wonderin' says:


    • mixitup says:

      Thank you OBA for? Subsidizing another flight from an already saturated city? I’d rather see a twice weekly out of Chicago or Dallas. And I love the spin!! What American Airlines saw was an opportunity to throw a plane (after the merger they have an excess of Aircraft) at a route where you are guaranteed not to lose money because the Gov’t will pay the difference…That’s the opportunity they saw.

      Thank the OBA when you see Virgin Atlantic land on our shores from London, or even a twice weekly from Madrid (Iberia) Rome (Alitalia) Lufthansa from Munich etc. I’m not impressed by a subsidised flight from New York City.

      • Terry says:

        Someone is paying attention.
        More money to the airlines from the people of Bermuda.

      • Jus' Wonderin' says:

        And how many of us Bermudians are going to Rome/Madrid/Munich on a weekly basis? Probably 1% of those going abroad lmao. Guess where most people fly out of on the east coast? NEW YORK ******* CITY! I agree with you on the paying the difference part but guess what we’d still be doing the same with Iberia, Alitalia, Lufthansa, etc meaning it would be even more. Ya not satisfied with anything are you? But if the PLP/UBP did it you would be….

      • cruise390 says:

        mixitup is so right. How about something novel … it’s a big world out there. How about SATA stopping over on their Azores to Boston route. Many Euro airlines fly right over us every day and night. We’re not nearly as connected as we could be or should be.

      • JRC says:

        What is wrong with some of the people in this group!??? Did it ever occur to you that maybe just maybe…this flight is designed for people who are connecting to come to Bermuda!? You sound like a moron…Dallas??? How many people from Dallas come to Bermuda???? Historically our tourist come from the East Coast..finally it is NEW YORK CITY…You know..The MECCA!! The biggest financial jurisdiction on the planet!! FYI: JFK International Airport is a major international airport located in Queens, New York City, United States, 12 miles (20 km) southeast of Lower Manhattan. It is the busiest international air passenger gateway into the United States,[3] handling 53,254,362 passengers in 2014.[4] Over seventy airlines operate out of the airport, with non-stop or direct flights to destinations in all six inhabited continents. (Source Wikipedia)

        So yes that is why there is another flight from JFk…its one of the busiest airports in the world.


  4. Rhonda says:

    What is the financial cost to us. When airlines leave, we go get them back, yet no increase in air arrivals.

  5. Triangle Drifter says:

    Great! This should take some pressure off the early morning flight that gets pretty full quite often.

    • From someone that KNOWS says:

      You definitely don’t work for American Airlines. The flight was only full a few days before Christmas. With Bermys going on vacation and shopping. Also let’s not forget xpats returning home for the holidays to USA. The rest of the year the flight has plenty of seats. The real question is what did the oba pay or promise for this extra flight with less tourist traveling to Bermuda. I thought we had no money!

      • Triangle Drifter says:

        No, I am not a frequent flier but I am consistent in my destination, BWI, & travel days, always early weekday. AA does not get me there as early as Pan Am used to, before 12PM, & direct flts to BWI are seasonal & get there too late to make a land shuttle so AA it is, via MIA or JFK.

        Anyway, those weekday early flts always seem to have a very good load & the late night returns equally loaded.

        Years ago Eastern had a BDA,BWI,PHL which got into PHL around 3:30. Nice one.

  6. LOL says:

    How much is AA being guaranteed by Crockwell to fly the extra flight? The numbers published by BTA do not justify the additional flight.

  7. Educated says:

    As a college student, I see no more long layovers!

  8. Pondering says:

    but JetBlue and Delta do that already – and at just about the same time!

  9. Andre Dill says:

    Unfortunate that there seems to be no incentive to do the same for another daily flight to Miami. The one flight we have is always full, both going and coming. Why no discussion on that, which would appear obviously in need of attention. But why not??

    • Terry says:

      Miamians don’t come here. New Yorkers/Jersians do. Plus locals have many friends and relatives in this area.

      • AA says:

        But people coming from islands are coming here and more people go down the islands then New York !!

    • From someone that KNOWS says:

      Miami needs another flight.

  10. Happy says:

    The timing of this flight is great for overnight connections to Europe. I think it will give BA some competition as many people are going onwards from London and the connections out of Gatwick get worse every year!

  11. Happy says:

    Just tried to book this flight and have been told by American Airlines it is only available up until May. Oh well.

    • somuchless says:

      Flights doesn’t stop. The flight time changes.

      • Happy says:

        I called American Airlines today and they told me the flight was not scheduled after May. I was wanting to book for July.

        • G Money says:

          the flight time and flight number changes in will now be leaving at 12:15 pm…and flight number 1609

  12. Vulcan Trash Cleaner says:

    Hopefully this will upset BA and give them a much needed jolt…their prices are a rip off!

  13. FAN says:

    we def need more gateway cities sheesh i know AA goes alot of places! come on bermuda!

  14. hmmum says:

    Good efforts. But, we do have a lot of flights to and from NYC. We NEED more flights to and from EUROPE. BA needs competition point blank.

    • C says:

      I agree, for example flights to the Azores on an airline like SATA INT. would defiantly be beneficial to Bermuda because of our Azorean population. If not a direct flight to the Azores, then flights to Lisbon or Madrid would be just as beneficial

  15. swing voter says:

    Atlanta needs competition…..Delta need a flogging!

    • Holy Moly says:

      Have you noticed which airline serving the island is more visible locally than all the others put together during the winter months? It’s Delta! While others serve the island three or four times a week, from my observances outside the airport perimeter fence, Delta sends three flights our way daily! And you think they need a flogging?

  16. bluebird says:

    For those of you that complain about stuff that you know “NOTHING ABOUT”
    If you happen to have a spare $200Million Dollars,go buy one of those planes and then you can run it where ever you want to.Thats if you can get a licence.
    Thank you OBA for getting additional seats to Bermuda and hopefully it works out for our benefit.
    To and from London is a cabatage Route,and to Europe there is not enough “TRAFFIC”.(ie)not enough passengers.
    May I suggest that you go and charter an aircrafe and see if “YOU” can fill it.Other wise SHUT YOUR CAKE HOLE.

    • Whitebird says:

      The flight’s only coming here because we offered to PAY$$$$$$. Now SHUT YOUR CAKE HOLE YOU DUMB BLUE BIRD!

    • mixitup says:

      As a taxpayer I have a problem with Paying the BTA Big Wigs these over the top salaries to ‘fill airline seats’ and when they fail, paying the Airline for those unfilled seats…somethings gotta give here..As the OBA love to say.. ‘This is unsustainable!’

      • Food says:

        And you know this is happening how? I haven’t seen any figures which say what we are, or not, paying for these flights.

        Until such time, it’s all guesswork.

        • mixitup says:

          Any mental case (excluding you apparently) can figure that out…

          1. Premiers don’t fly to visit Airline Executives to put them in headlocks and demand they fly to Bermuda.

          2.Airlines do not just send planes to routes that are not profitable and with below average load factors.

          3. THE MINISTER SAID SO!!!!

          The minister did also say that we have paid out less to these airlines, my guess is that their Rev.Per Avail Seat had inched up enough to meet the target.

  17. Elizabeth Tee says:

    Congrats Minister Crockwell!

  18. Tourism Advocate says:

    Well since this is just a stream of speculation let me offer mine from a business perspective.
    New York is the biggest tourism market and perhaps even the biggest business traveler market for Bermuda. Airlines want to compete for those travellers. American Airlines, JetBlue, United and Delta are all in that competition.
    So maybe American introduced a second flight to try to defeat their competitors on the supply side — more seats, more scheduling flexibility and better prices. American is trying to cannibalise their competitors by getting volume — attracting more travellers paying competitive prices versus few travellers paying high prices.
    This scenario is the best possible outcome for all of us who live here, especially because it doesn’t require an MGR. It’s just the free market doing what it does.

  19. Please says:

    Can we please just get that direct flight to Orlando!!!

  20. Pete says:

    flying out of overcrowded JFK, is not the be all, still areas like Hartford, Westchester County, Rhode Island are neglected. All these Cities have air services in easy reach of Bermuda, right in the back yards of where our Tourist dollars are.
    smaller airplanes on more frequent schedules especially for weekends fills the airport, and Bermudian Jobs.

  21. Lesley says:

    I would like to see flights from Jacksonville, international Airport in Florida directly to Bermuda.

  22. Flyer says:

    I would like to see direct flights from Bangor Maine. There are people living there who might want to come. We could operate a small 4 seater prop plane. That way it should nearly always be full. Forget NYC, who needs thosE 8 .4 million people anyway. I also agree the Orlando proposal. So many people travel from Bermuda to Orlando through out the year. That is a cash cow route. Everyone in Orlando keeps saying I wish I could fly to Bermuda, how the airlines have overlooked this vital air route I don’t know. Not to mention it would stop us Bermudians haveing to catch one of those connecting flights. Don’t the airlines know our time is too valuable to have to wait for a connection like most other people in the world do.