American Airlines will launch new daily nonstop service between Pensacola International Airport (PNS) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) beginning June 7.
“Our 2018 schedule opens up so many new possibilities of destinations,” said Vasu Raja, American Airlines’ vice president for network & schedule planning. “We are making it easier and more convenient for our customers to fly on American to places that are important to them all over the world, from serving smaller cities more frequently to visiting places we’ve never flown before.”
The once-daily flight will operate using 76-seat Embraer 175 jets, which includes two-class service. Flights will depart Philadelphia at 1:55 p.m., arriving in Pensacola at 3:36 p.m., then departing Pensacola at 4:09 p.m. for arrival back in Philadelphia at 7:39 p.m.
“This new air service opens up tremendous travel opportunities for residents and visitors for both domestic and international destinations,” said Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward. “Philadelphia International Airport is a huge hub city and we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for travelers. We are thrilled that American Airlines continues to invest in Pensacola and we look forward to continuing this successful partnership.”
The new service between Pensacola and Philadelphia is one of 52 new routes that American announced Thursday. The flights will be available to book beginning Jan. 22, officials said.
“Pensacola International Airport is excited about the addition of direct flights to Philadelphia with American Airlines,” said Pensacola International Airport Director Dan Flynn. “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 city-owned Pensacola International Airport is the largest airport between New Orleans and Jacksonville, with five airlines operating flights to 16 destinations. Last July, Frontier Airlines announced plans to become the airport’s sixth airline, launching nonstop service to Denver International Airport later this year. The addition of the Philadelphia service will mark 18 destinations for Pensacola International Airport.