Routes are shifting at American Airlines. The airline has plans in the works to beef up its offerings to destinations in Europe. It will also begin scaling back when it comes to routes being offered to destinations throughout Asia. Find out when you can expect to see some additions and some subtractions on American's schedule.

American Airlines will introduce several new routes to Europe next summer. The routes will offer a mix of year-round service and seasonal service. Among the most exciting new additions will be year-round daily service to Munich from Cleveland (CLT). Seasonal daily service will be added from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Munich and Dublin. New daily seasonal service is also being added between Phoenix (PHX) and London. Daily flights from Chicago (ORD) to Athens are also in the mix.

In addition, travelers will be able to get from Philadelphia (PHL) to Edinburgh, Bologna, Dubrovnik and Berlin using new seasonal routes. American Airlines will become the only carrier to offer nonstop service from North American to Dubrovnik and Bologna when the new routes become available. All of the new seasonal flights will be offered from June through September or October.

American will be cutting some routes to Asia this fall. The main reason why the airline is cutting back on Asian routes has to do with rising fuel costs. Service from Chicago to Shanghai will be suspended on Oct. 26 while service from Chicago to Beijing will be cut beginning Oct. 20. In addition, the airline has plans to reduce service from Chicago to Tokyo beginning on Dec. 18. Travelers looking to get to Shanghai can use American Airlines flights offered from Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles.

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