American Airlines to begin direct flights from Budapest to Philadelphia



American Airlines will begin operating direct weekly flights between Budapestʼs Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) from May 4, 2018, according to a press release sent to the BBJ today. 

American says it will operate Boeing 767-300 aircraft on the routes. Aircraft will depart PHL at 6.25 p.m., arriving at BUD at 9.35 a.m. the next day. Flights from BUD will depart at 11.35 a.m. that same day and arrive at PHL at 4 p.m.

The flights are currently pending government approval, but are expected to be available for booking from the end of this month.

"The launch of the new Budapest route is proof of the continued commitment of American Airlines to international growth and increasing our presence in Europe," said Jim Butler, senior deputy director of international and forwarding services. "Philadelphia is the largest center in the United States in the north-east and will give Hungarians a wealth of connectivity options when traveling in North America and the Caribbean."

Jost Lammers, CEO of Budapest Airport, was delighted by the news, noting: "Philadelphia has become the third American destination to announce a flight starting next summer, in addition to New York (JFK) and Chicago OʼHare airports."

American Airlines said the flight to Hungary (it is also launching a direct connection to Prague), will be seasonal, starting May 4 and scheduled to operate until October 27.

American Airlines last operated a direct flight to Budapest in 2011, state news wire MTI notes.


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