The Associated Press October 20, 2010, 5:06PM ET

American Airlines expands LA flight schedule

American Airlines and sister carrier American Eagle will add flights to Shanghai, China, and nine U.S. destinations from Los Angeles beginning in April.

Parent company AMR Corp. said Wednesday it will add 33 additional round trips at Los Angeles International Airport beginning April 5. By spring 2011, American and American Eagle will offer 153 daily departures at LAX -- a 28 percent increase from today's schedule.

The new U.S. destinations are Albuquerque, N.M.; Boise, Idaho; El Paso, Texas; Houston; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Phoenix; Salt Lake City; Sacramento, Calif.; and Tucson, Ariz.

American also is adding more daily flights between LAX and Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Las Vegas and Orlando, Fla.

"I would like to thank American Airlines for strengthening their commitment to Los Angeles by bringing more flights into our great City and spurring economic development by investing $20 million into their terminal," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a statement.

American Eagle is expanding its terminal at LAX to add four more gates at a cost of about $20 million. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2011, giving American Eagle 10 gates at LAX.

The company said that the Los Angeles expansion is part of its "cornerstone" network strategy that focuses more flying to and from the markets of Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. Those markets provide the best connections to American's global network and the networks of its partner airlines in the oneworld Alliance.

Earlier Wednesday, American parent AMR Corp. reported higher-than-expected earnings for the peak summer travel season, helped by rapid growth in international traffic and a budding recovery in corporate travel. Dallas-based AMR earned $143 million for the quarter -- its first profit since the third quarter of 2008.

AMR shares rose 82 cents, or nearly 13 percent, to close at $7.34.


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