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American Airlines Announces Daily Service to South Dakota and Mexico

by Public Relations | Published On: May 09, 2019 | Last Updated: 

PHOENIX – American Airlines today announced it is expanding its service network at America’s Friendliest Airport® with the launch of daily, nonstop flights from Phoenix to Rapid City, South Dakota and Chihuahua, Mexico. The Rapid City route will begin Sept. 4, and the service to Chihuahua is scheduled to begin Dec. 18. Both routes will be offered year-round.

The Rapid City route will be served on a CRJ200 aircraft, which carries approximately 50 passengers. The Mexico route will operate on a CRJ700, who holds approximately 70 passengers.

The addition of Chihuahua brings the total number of nonstop destinations in Mexico to 11 from Phoenix Sky Harbor. It follows an announcement by Volaris Airlines in March that it is offering new service to Puerto Vallarta beginning in June. 

American Airlines also offers service to nine other cities in Mexico. American Airlines is Phoenix Sky Harbor’s largest carrier and offers nonstop service to destinations across the U.S. and Canada from Phoenix. Additionally, the airline offers seasonal nonstop service to Costa Rica, and recently began offering year-round, direct service from Phoenix to London Heathrow Airport.

For more information on all the destinations served from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, please visit


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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America’s Friendliest Airport®, has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. Every day approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 120,000 passengers arrive and depart at Sky Harbor. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with Airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the Airport.


Quotes from Phoenix Mayor and City Council

 “Phoenix is the nation’s fifth largest city, and the number of domestic and international flights originating from Sky Harbor are a direct reflection of, not only the number of people visiting our city, but the growth of the region as a whole. This is the second international flight route that has been added during my tenure as Mayor and I look forward to helping make many more announcements like this one happen in the future.”

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego

“We’re pleased that American Airlines continues to add new routes to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.  These routes will bring in new visitors to the state as well as added convenience for our business travelers.  Both will provide a boost to our local economy. I appreciate our partners at American Airlines and the dedicated staff in the Aviation Department who work on these opportunities.”

Councilwoman Thelda Williams, District 1
Member of the Aviation and Transportation Subcommittee

“American Airlines continues to expand service at Sky Harbor, linking passengers worldwide to Phoenix as a destination for business and recreation. I look forward to the inaugural flights later this year.”

Councilwoman Debra Stark, District 3
Chair of Aviation and Transportation Subcommittee

“The additional flights to Mexico add to our already thriving economic relationship with Mexico and further strengthen Phoenix’s commitment to expanding our global reach. Additionally, new flights to Rapid City will provide greater access to tourism for local residents as well as residents from the Midwest.”

Councilwoman Felicita Mendoza, District 8
Member of the Aviation and Transportation Subcommittee
Represents the district where Sky Harbor is located