American Airlines will begin daily year-round service from Philadelphia International Airport to Asheville, NC and Chattanooga, TN.
When the new service begins on May 3, 2019, American will offer the only non-stop flights from Philadelphia to the smaller southern cities.
American will operate the flights on Embraer 175 jet aircraft.
American also announced that it will offer more seats and Premium Economy on flights between Philadelphia and Prague in 2019 due to robust ticket sales.
American operates a large hub in Philadelphia that offers domestic and international service.
When the seasonal service to Prague resumes in May 2019, it will be operated by larger Airbus A330-200 aircraft featuring Premium Economy and more than 500 additional seats per week. The service debuted earlier this year and was flown on Boeing 767 aircraft.
“The success of the Prague flight has been overwhelming, and even more travelers will be able to take advantage of this popular service next year,” said Airport CEO Chellie Cameron. “Moreover, American continues to add more flights to more cities currently not served from PHL, giving travelers even more convenient options to fly from Philadelphia. We are pleased to welcome Asheville and Chattanooga to our growing non-stop route map.”
Asheville and Chattanooga bring to 13 the number of domestic destinations from Philadelphia that American has added in 2018 or plans to add in 2019.
Earlier this year, American launched non-stop service to San Antonio, Des Moines, Madison, Omaha, Pensacola, Oklahoma City, Fort Wayne and Worcester.
In September, the airline announced that it will begin non-stop service from PHL to Sarasota, Key West, and Melbourne starting in 2019.
American also faces competition in Philadelphia from low-fare carrier Frontier, which has been adding routes from Philadelphia to smaller cities.