MELBOURNE, Fla. (December 19, 2019) – Travelers can now fly between Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) every day on American Airlines. The new daily nonstop service on American Airlines called for a “Philly-style” celebration as airport officials gathered with passengers and community partners to enjoy a 2-foot-long Philly Cheesesteak, ribbon-cutting and traditional water arches over the arriving aircraft.
“American Airlines is a proud partner with Orlando Melbourne International Airport,” said Dale Morris, Senior Consultant for Governmental Affairs at American Airlines. “We recognized the need for more air service at MLB and are thrilled to bring this new opportunity to connect Melbourne with our Philadelphia hub. As an American Airlines hub, service to Philadelphia gives travelers the option to fly to more than 120 destinations worldwide, including recently announced destinations like Morocco and Iceland.”
Weekly nonstop service on Saturdays began in February, and the proven demand has demonstrated the need for the new daily service. These flights help fill the void of a longtime needed connection to Philadelphia, which is MLB’s fourth largest market.
“This new daily nonstop service is a huge accomplishment for our airport,” said Greg Donovan, A.A.E., executive director at MLB. “We aren’t stopping here and continue to work on bringing more travel options for our community, but in order to achieve new domestic air service, it is vital our community proves their support for these flights.”
“It’s simple. All we ask is to check MLB when planning your travel,” added Donovan.
New daily service to Philadelphia begins just weeks after TUI, the world’s leading holiday company, announced MLB will become its new gateway to Florida for all of its UK customers beginning in 2022. To accommodate the anticipated surge of international traffic, plans to renovate and expand the airport’s terminal infrastructure and amenities are underway that will benefit all MLB passengers and airlines.
Each day, American Airlines now departs PHL at 9:17 a.m., arriving in Florida at 11:54 a.m., and then departs MLB at 12:24 p.m., arriving back in Philadelphia at 2:48 p.m. American Airlines’ new daily flights can be booked at AA.com.
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ABOUT ORLANDO MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MLB)
Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) is an award-winning airport, named Florida’s 2019 Commercial Service Airport of the Year by FDOT and #1 Most Scenic Airport Approach in the U.S.A. by PrivateFly.com. Located on the Central Florida coast, MLB serves nearly 500,000 passengers annually with current nonstop service to Philadelphia (PHL) and Charlotte (CLT) on American Airlines, and Atlanta (ATL) on Delta Air Lines. In anticipation of TUI UK’s arrival in 2022, plans are underway to invest millions of dollars into MLB’s terminal to provide an ultimate travel experience for all airport customers. MLB has positioned itself on the global stage as an epicenter for aviation, aerospace and defense, home to Northrop Grumman, L3Harris, Embraer, Collins Aerospace, Thales and more.
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