American Airlines will begin offering daily nonstop service from Melbourne to Philadelphia just before Christmas.
Of note: These flights will forge a direct link from the Space Coast to American’s northeast hub of operations, said Lori Booker, Melbourne airport spokeswoman.
Daily nonstops between Orlando Melbourne International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport will begin Dec. 19, officials announced Friday afternoon.
American launched Saturday nonstop flights between the two cities on Feb. 16. Then on May 4, the airline debuted two weekend nonstop flights between Melbourne and Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport.
“As predicted, both routes are performing exceptionally well,” Greg Donovan, Melbourne airport executive director, stated in a press release.
“Expanding to daily service was a natural transition to feed the pent-up service demand along the Eastern seaboard. It’s also an indicator that the local Space Coast market is supporting the routes we are bringing to serve them,” Donovan stated.
The Philadelphia flights will be operated on Bombardier CRJ-700s, which have 56 main cabin seats and nine business class seats.
Daily flights will depart Philadelphia at 8:20 a.m. and arrive in Melbourne at 10:58 a.m. Flights will depart Melbourne at 11:35 a.m. and arrive in Philadelphia at 2:02 p.m.
“New daily service between Orlando Melbourne and Philadelphia provides our customers more freedom and choice in their travels,” Jim Moses, American vice president of Philadelphia hub operations, stated in a press release.
“Whether escaping the cold on one of Florida’s renowned beaches or taking a dream trip to Europe, PHL connects customers across the globe to more than 120 destinations in the United States, the Caribbean and Europe,” Moses stated.
Melbourne’s airport handles flights by American, Delta Air Lines, Elite Airways and Porter Airlines.