American Airlines Executives Upbeat About Philadelphia Airport Recovery

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Looking out a terminal window at the Philadelphia International Airport.
Image via Tom Gralish, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Looking out a terminal window at the Philadelphia International Airport.

Comfort levels for flying domestically and staying in hotels is good news for the Philadelphia International Airport and its largest air carrier, American Airlines, writes Catherine Dunn for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

 “More than three out of four of our customers are now comfortable taking a domestic flight, as well as staying in a hotel,” said American Airlines vice president Lakshman Amaranayaka.

Between March 1 and March 31, customer comfort level with flying in the United States jumped from 60% to nearly 79%.

All of American’s aircraft are back in service, “and that is a tremendously good sign,” Amaranayaka said.

American intends to operate 90% of its domestic capacity and 80% of its international capacity..

In June 2019, the Philadelphia airport filled 34,500 daily seats for American.

In June 2020, it was 5,400 daily seats.

“I’ve never seen anything like that. I don’t think anyone else here has,” said Ryan Isemeyer, an American Airlines manager for domestic network planning and strategy.

Transatlantic service is being brought back slowly reflecting the different stages of reopening from various countries.

 “Our schedule is going to represent that we’re ready for you when you do decide to come back,” he said.

Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer about American Airlines optimism.

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