American launches nonstop service to Edinburgh

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American Airlines service has launched service from Philadelphia International Airport to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Service to the Scottish capital will run through October 26. Fares start at $517 round trip for mid-week service.

For northern Delaware, service to European cities from Philadelphia is a plus in promoting the state to foreign companies as well as tourists.

“Edinburgh is a beautiful, amazing city,” said Philadelphia Airport CEO Chellie Cameron. “This new service gives our customers a convenient path to one of the most popular destinations in the United Kingdom and makes it easier for travelers from Scotland to visit the birthplace of America. We are excited about this new route, pairing two World Heritage cities.”

“As American’s transatlantic gateway, Philadelphia plays an important role in connecting customers traveling between destinations throughout the U.S. and Europe,” said Jim Moses, American Airlines vice president of PHL Hub Operations. “Our inaugural service to Edinburgh marks the first of four new transatlantic routes launching this year, reinforcing American’s commitment to the region as we grow to serve 20 non-stop European destinations from PHL.”

Edinburgh becomes the 35th international destination with direct flights from Philadelphia and is the first of four international cities American is adding this spring from the city.

On June 6, American begins service to Bologna, Italy; the next day to Berlin, Germany and Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Philadelphia will offer the only non-stop flights in North America to Bologna and Dubrovnik. The service is seasonal. These cities will be served for the first time from Philadelphia and will expand the airports non-stop international routes to 38.

American has been beefing up its international schedule as it moves some service out of Kennedy Airport and focuses on its profitable hub in Philadelphia that feeds connecting passengers to Trans Atlantic flights.

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