American Airlines Group Inc. is adding new flight destinations from its Chicago hub less than two weeks after United Continental Holdings Inc. announced a similar expansion.
O’Hare International will get seven new routes to mid-sized U.S. cities starting July 5 at American, according to a letter to employees Thursday from the airline’s president, Robert Isom. The Chicago airport also got the bulk of 47 new round trips announced by United on Feb. 27.
The new service sharpens a clash between the two airlines since Scott Kirby became president of United six months ago after leaving the same post at American. Both airlines, which have major operations in Chicago, are adding flights to secondary destinations where there’s less competition and more ability to control prices.
“The greatest strength of our network is our ability to connect small cities with large ones through service to or through our hubs,” Isom’s letter said.