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American adds Philadelphia-Africa route as part of big international expansion

American Airlines is investing big in its international network, including new seasonal routes from Philadelphia International Airport to Africa and Iceland next summer.

The flight from PHL to Casablanca, Morocco, will mark the carrier’s first entrance into the African continent. The service will run from June 4-Sept. 8. Flights will operate three times per week on a Boeing 757. Tickets will be available for purchase starting Aug. 12.

American will become the only U.S. carrier with a nonstop route to Casablanca.

The service to Reykjavik, Iceland, will operate daily from June 4 to Oct. 24, and will also fly on the Boeing 757.

American (NASDAQ: AAL) is the dominant carrier at PHL, where the airline has its Northeast hub.

American Airlines in 2018 added seven new domestic routes as well as new international flights to Budapest, Hungary; Prague and Zurich. PHL saw nearly 31.7 million passengers pass through its gates in 2018, a 7% year-over-year increase.

“As American’s trans-Atlantic gateway, Philadelphia plays an important role connecting customers traveling between destinations across the U.S., Europe—and now Africa,” Jim Moses, American’s vice president of Philadelphia Hub Operations, said in a statement. “We continue to invest in our Philadelphia hub, adding service to seven new trans-Atlantic destinations and more than a dozen domestic markets in the past two years, while continuing to enhance the customer experience through new and upgraded amenities like our forthcoming Flagship Lounge.”

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