United and American adding flights and bigger planes for Crimson Tide football games

American Airlines
American Airlines (Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport)

United Airlines and American Airlines are offering additional flights and bigger aircrafts out of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport to accommodate University of Alabama football fans this fall.

The Big Game—Tide vs. Longhorns

Back in May, American Airlines announced the addition of a round trip flight between Birmingham and Austin, Texas for fans attending the much anticipated September 10th, Alabama-Texas match-up. 

American also scheduled larger planes with more seats for fans flying out of Birmingham for the game between the Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge. 

But wait — United Airlines is Stepping Up Too 

Not to be outdone, earlier this week United Airlines announced they are scheduling two additional direct flights out of the BHM to Austin. 

United is also adding direct flights from Birmingham to Fayetteville, Arkansas for the September 25th SEC Western Conference game between the Tide and the Razorbacks.  

They have also added a direct flight to the LSU game on November 5th.

United is also using bigger aircraft to transport Tide fans to Ole Miss (Oxford) and Tennessee (Knoxville).

“College football fans love following their team on the road and this year we’re making it easier than ever,” said Michael Weeks, managing director of domestic schedule development and publication at United.

Are you planning to travel to Crimson Tide games this Fall?  Tell us how you expect to make it to games this year.RV? Air? Or in your car? Tag us on social media @bhamnow with your story.

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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