American Airlines to resume direct flights between Birmingham and D.C.

American Eagle
Photo via Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

Just in time for President’s Day, American Airlines is resuming nonstop service between Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport beginning February 11, 2021.

The airline will use a Canadair RJ 700 aircraft for the reinstated daily service. Tickets are on sale now at

“We are pleased that American Airlines will resume nonstop service from Birmingham to our nation’s capital. Whether for business or leisure travel, this nonstop route will offer our customers the ease and convenience they enjoy and can expect when they fly BHM.”

Ronald F. Mathieu, Birmingham Airport Authority President and CEO

5 Nonstop Flights

Marton Luther King, Jr. Monument in Washington, D.C. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The new direct flight gives American Airlines five nonstop flights from Birmingham. 

They are:.

  • Washington D.C.
  • Chicago
  • Miami
  • Dallas Ft. Worth
  • Charlotte

“We are seeing more people resume travel. Overall things are improving. We are seeing modest growth. Our lowest day was back in April when we saw only 200 people at the terminal overall. The traffic is slowly coming back. We are cautiously optimistic. It is going to depend on the vaccine and how soon people feel comfortable going out in the world again.

Candace O’Neil, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport spokesperson

To help insure travelers are safe to travel,  our local airport has deployed enhanced cleaning protocols and upgraded its disinfecting and cleaning solutions to instill confidence and offer peace of mind for travelers. American Airlines has also implemented a safety program – American’s “Clean Commitment.

“From hospital-grade HEPA filters that purify cabin air every 2-4 minutes to cleaning aircraft with care before every flight and electrostatic spraying, we’ve ensured every step in the travel journey is a safe one from baggage drop to baggage claim. We look forward to welcoming customers back on board.”

Brian Znotins, American’s Vice President of Network Planning

Re-connect with D.C.

Photo by Dustin Massey Studios courtesy of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

It is good to see Birmingham re-connected to our nation’s capital. Visit for ticket info.

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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