American Airlines on Thursday announced the launch of new nonstop service this summer from Philadelphia to seven new domestic destinations that will feed into the airline's growing transatlantic hub at Philadelphia International Airport.
The airline, the dominant service provider at PHL, said it will begin service June 7 to Des Moines, Iowa; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Madison, Wis.; Oklahoma City; Omaha, Neb.; Pensacola, Fla.; and San Antonio. The service will be available for booking starting Monday.
American previously announced new nonstop flights to Budapest, Hungary, and to Prague that will begin in May from Philadelphia. American will also bring back a daily nonstop flight to Zurich, Switzerland, that had ended in 2016.
Though some of the new markets feeding into Philadelphia are smaller, the new service is intended to connect passengers from those cities onto American's international flights or to planes traveling to other U.S. destinations, Vasu Raja, vice president of network and schedule planning, said in a conference call with reporters.
"A market like Fort Wayne, as seemingly small as it might be, is actually a really big market and is something that can feed our growing transatlantic network in Philadelphia," he said.
American previously flew nonstop between the Indiana city and Philadelphia, but discontinued the service about two years ago, he said.