American Airlines just announced new flights to several international destinations. The new flights will all depart from Philadelphia International Airport. Travelers can begin taking flights from Philadelphia to Budapest and Prague on May 4. These flights will represent the first time that passengers can travel nonstop to both destinations from Philadelphia. However, services to both cities from Philadelphia will only be seasonal for the time being. American Airlines is moving Zurich service to Philadelphia from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport while it undergoes major renovations. Flights between Zurich and Philadelphia will operate on a year-round basis.
There is also some big news happening when it comes to domestic flights out of Philadelphia International Airport. American Airlines will begin offering fresh service to Des Moines, Madison and Omaha beginning on May 4. These flights will operate on a year-round basis. American Airlines will also be adding nonstop service from Philadelphia to Pensacola, Oklahoma City and Fort Wayne beginning on June 7. These year-round flights start on June 7. The move will make American Airlines the only carrier that currently offers nonstop routes between these three cities and Philadelphia.
All of these new routes are part of American's plans to expand its network in 2018. Philadelphia has been carefully selected as a departure point for many of the airline's newest routes because the city has proved to be a major hub for both domestic and international travel. American Airlines is currently the dominant airline at Philadelphia's airport. The airline controls 73 percent of the airport's current traffic.