Philadelphia International Airport seems destined to be the American Airlines hub to open and develop new international markets, which includes the addition of a new fleet of aircraft that can penetrate markets PHL and the region need.
Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines has nine hubs in the United States, including PHL, which is the carrier's trans-Atlantic hub for travel to and from Europe — a designation American reaffirmed earlier this year when it announced more European flights would begin.
"It's a key connecting point for the Northeast, and it's something we've developed over time into a real strength," American Airlines President Robert Isom said last week at the carrier's first event for investors, analysts and reporters since merging with US Airways in 2013.
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American Airlines is the dominant airline at PHL, controlling 73 percent of the traffic. PHL became a US Airways hub in 1985.
"Philadelphia has been a great hub for us for a number of years. We do really well there; we make money 12 months through," Vasu Raja told the Philadelphia Business Journal after the investor and analyst event.
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