Already thinking about your travel plans for next summer? So is American Airlines.
On Thursday, the Dallas-based airline unveiled a major expansion of its transatlantic schedule for summer 2024, including nonstop flights to three brand-new European destinations: Copenhagen, Denmark (CPH), Naples, Italy (NAP), and Nice, France (NCE). American also said it will launch a new summer seasonal route between its Dallas hub and Barcelona, a destination it already flies to from several other U.S. hubs.
Travelers based in (or connecting through) Philadelphia (PHL) are the biggest winners, with three of these four new routes to Europe.
- Philadelphia (PHL) to Nice (NCE) begins May 6, 2024, with daily service on a Boeing 787-9
- Philadelphia (PHL) to Naples (NAP) begins June 5, 2024, with daily service on a Boeing 787-8
- Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Barcelona (BCN) begins June 5, 2024, with daily service on a Boeing 777-200
- Philadelphia (PHL) to Copenhagen (CPH) begins June 6, 2024, with daily service on a Boeing 777-200
American is also bringing back nonstop flights between Chicago-O'Hare (ORD) and Venice, Italy (VCE), a route it last flew in 2019. Daily flights between the two cities will start on June 5, 2024 operating on a Boeing 787-8.
All these new flights will go on sale on Aug. 20.
Combined with adding additional capacity on existing routes to destinations like Athens (ATH), Dublin (DUB), Lisbon (LIS), and Rome (FCO), American said in a news release it's the airline's largest European expansion in four years.T he addition of these new routes from three of its major hubs means more options for travelers all over the U.S. to take easy, one-stop flights to Europe next year.
“American is thrilled to add three new European destinations,” Brian Znotins, American’s senior vice president of network and schedule planning, said in a statement. “New service from Philadelphia and expanded trans-Atlantic service from Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth will offer customers convenient one-stop access from more than 200 unique destinations across the U.S. to Europe next summer.”
While these are all fun seasonal routes, there's nothing too new or overly exciting here. American is making a safe bet flying to cities with a proven track record.
Competitor United Airlines has gone much bolder, making a splash when it announced direct flights to places like the Spanish islands of Mallorca (PMI) and Tenerife (TFS), and Amman, Jordan (AMM) a few years ago – following up this year with new additions to Dubai (DXB), Stockholm (ARN), and Shannon (SNN) in Ireland. And even Delta has branched out further, as with its first flights to Tahiti (PPT) that began last December.