Pensacola Bay Area Increases East Coast Presence
American Airlines launches daily nonstop service to Philadelphia
from Pensacola International Airport
Thanks to an increase in travelers from the East Coast, multiple airlines have added nonstop, seasonal and daily service flights to the region, American Airlines boasting the most recent decision. Beginning June 7, travelers will be able to fly nonstop to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), bookings began this past Monday.
“Pensacola International Airport is excited about the addition of direct flights to Philadelphia with American Airlines,” Pensacola International Airport Director Dan Flynn said. “This service represents not only another direct flight option for the residents and businesses located in the Pensacola and Greater Gulf Coast area, but also a valuable increase in the number of connections to domestic and international cities in the American network.”
The addition marks the eighteenth nonstop service operated out of Pensacola International, the region’s largest airport between New Orleans and Jacksonville. On average, Pensacola International Airport accommodates more than 1.6 million passengers per year and generates an annual economic impact of over $565 million.
“These flight services come as a direct result of the Pensacola Bay Area’s visibility along the East Coast,” President of Visit Pensacola Steve Hayes said. “Business and leisure travelers from both domestic and international travel origins will have added opportunities to our destination and we couldn’t be more excited.”
Other services announced in 2017 included six seasonal services from Southwest Airlines, bringing the airline’s total service from Pensacola to 36 flights per week to eight destinations. In July, Frontier Airlines announced plans to become the airport’s sixth airline, launching nonstop service to Denver International Airport in 2018. American Airlines added a second daily service to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Added flights are slated to begin roll out in March and continue through the summer months for seasonal air travel.
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