May 29, 2024 - Travel

Airlines launch new flights from Philadelphia Airport this summer

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Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Philadelphia International Airport has a slate of new destinations for travelers this summer.

Why it matters: The busy travel season launched with a bang over Memorial Day weekend, and PHL is forecasting a continued spike in demand over the coming months.

Driving the news: American Airlines, PHL's largest carrier, will launch new daily direct flights to Naples, Italy, (starting at $908+ roundtrip) and San Antonio, Texas, ($304+) on June 5.

Plus: Frontier, the Philly airport's second-largest carrier, will have flights to 42 destinations starting in June, up from 29 last year.

  • New stops include Detroit, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago and Pensacola, Florida.
  • The airline also offers four international flights.

The big picture: PHL expects 18% more passengers to pass through its gates between June and August compared to last summer, airport spokesperson Heather Redfern tells Axios.

  • The number of travelers estimated to visit PHL this summer could finally reach pre-pandemic levels after years of lower figures.

What they're saying: Redfern credits the new flight options and airlines increasing their available seat capacity as reasons behind the anticipated boost in flyers.

What's ahead: American Airlines will offer new flights to tropical destinations over the winter.

  • PHL flights to Bridgetown, Barbados, begin Nov. 9. You can also book flights now to visit Liberia, Costa Rica, starting Dec. 7.

🕒 Fun fact: You can check how long it'll take to get through airport security ahead of time on PHL's website.

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