American Airlines adds 2nd Birmingham nonstop flight in 2021

Birmingham Airport
An American Eagle CRJ-700. Photo via Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

American Airlines, the largest airline in the U.S., has resumed nonstop flights between Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). The route is the airline’s 2nd new nonstop flight out of Birmingham in 2021.

American is using a CRJ-700, outfitted with 65 seats in a two-cabin configuration for the new flights. The re-launch of the non-stop flights began on April 2nd.

“We are grateful for our partnership with American Airlines and we’re thankful that our customers can enjoy safe and efficient nonstop service between Birmingham and Philadelphia.” said Ronald F. Mathieu, Birmingham Airport Authority President and CEO. “This announcement is welcomed news as we are seeing a steady rise in travel demand. We are ready to offer our customers an easy, convenient, and safe travel experience as they resume travel wherever and whenever they are ready.”

Building Back

Birmingham Airport
Photo gallery of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Since the COVID-19 pandemic crippled the airline industry a year ago, American has been steadily building back the number of nonstop flights from the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. 

Last January, the popular airline added Washington D.C.’s Reagan International Airport to its portfolio of nonstop Magic City flights. 

American currently offers nonstop flights from Birmingham to: 

  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Miami
  • Washington, D.C

Philadelphia Freedom

Philadelphia
Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Photo vis Pat Byington for Bham Now

American Airlines will operate the new nonstop flight  between Birmingham and Philadelphia four times a week during the month of April. They will begin daily nonstop service in May.

“As more customers begin to take to the skies, American is eager to relaunch service from Birmingham to Philadelphia—enhancing connectivity to destinations across the U.S. and Caribbean,” said Lakshman Amaranayaka, American’s Vice President of PHL Hub Operations. “Customers should feel confident that we’ve taken every effort to ensure the well-being of customers throughout their travels while offering more flexibility and choice than ever before.”

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