American adding flights to smaller cities from Philadelphia


American Airlines  is adding domestic and international routes from Philadelphia. 

The airline announced  52 new nonstop flights that add service, often to smaller markets. American and other carriers have been criticized for cutting flights to secondary markets as earnings remain solidly in the black.

“Our 2018 schedule opens up so many new possibilities of destinations,” said Vasu Raja, vice president, Network & Schedule Planning. “We are making it easier and more convenient for our customers to fly on American to places that are important to them all over the world, from serving smaller cities more frequently to visiting places we’ve never flown before.”

American will add several routes from its hubs at  Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and eight from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).


Additional flights from Philadelphia will go to New York, NY; Budapest;  Madison, WI; Fort Wayne, IND; Des Moines, IA; Omaha, NB; Oklahoma City; Pensacola, FL; Prague; San Antonio; and Zurich.

In the case of Madison, San Antonio  and other cities, American is facing stiffer competition from ultra-low fare carriers like Frontier that are now moving into secondary markets.

In total, American will add 52 new nonstop routes to its domestic and international network.

It also announced a new shuttle between Chicago and New York LaGuardia. American currently operates Shuttle service between La Guardia and Boston Logan International Airport,  and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport near Washington, DC.