American Airlines Calls PHL Airport ‘The Crown Jewel,' Priming It For the Future

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.

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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