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American Airlines Announces New Routes to Africa, Europe, the Middle East

American Airlines has announced new international routes for summer 2020, some of which might surprise you.

Starting next year, the Fort Worth, Texas-based airline will fly to the following destinations:

  • Chicago (ORD) to Krakow, Poland (KRK), begins May 7
  • ORD to Budapest, Hungary (BUD), begins May 7
  • ORD to Prague, Czech Republic (PRG), begins May 8
  • Philadelphia (PHL) to Casablanca, Morocco (CMN), begins June 4
  • Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV), begins Sept. 9

Eastern European Expansion

American will fly from O’Hare International Airport to Krakow between May 7 and Oct. 23 five times per week. Prague service will operate five times per week from May 8 to Oct. 24. Passengers looking to fly to Budapest will be able to get there four times per week between May 7 and Oct. 24. All flights to these destinations will be on Boeing 787-8 aircraft.

New flights will go on sale Aug. 12.

First Presence in Africa

With Casablanca being one of the additions to the destination list, American will begin its service to the African continent from Philadelphia International Airport. The seasonal flight will operate three times per week between June 4 and Sept. 8 on a Boeing 757.

“We look forward to working with Royal Air Maroc when they join oneworld in 2020, which will allow for even more connections further into Africa to places like Marrakech, Lagos and Accra,” Vasu Raja, American’s Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning, said in a press release. “This is only the beginning.”

Flyers can book these flights starting Aug. 12.

Return to Tel Aviv

American will resume its service to Tel Aviv from its largest hub in Dallas/Fort Worth on Sept. 9. The flights will operate year-round three times per week on a Boeing 787-9 and will be available for bookings beginning Oct. 10.

Given that AA previously operated a flight to Tel Aviv from its Philadelphia hub and then canceled it claiming it was unprofitable, this is an interesting addition to the list.

“I am beyond elated by this announcement,” FlyerTalk user econometrics wrote in the forums. “TLV has been one of my main destinations over the past 5 years, and it’s always been a beating to have to wrestle with AA to get me there from DFW, especially since they just want to stick me on an LY [El Al] codeshare all the time. It’s been getting harder and harder to have AA.com sell me a BA flight ex-LHR, and the BA schedules have not been easy to work with. Pure speculation, but I bet this goes daily or at least 5x weekly in May 2021.”

What are your thoughts on AA’s new routes for 2020? Head to this FlyerTalk forum thread to join the conversation. 


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