American Airlines returns to Berlin after 25 year absence

The world’s largest airline American Airlines is back in Berlin after 25 years absence and will also inaugurate new ights to Munich on a seasonal basis. And there are positive signs that new routes from Berlin to Philadelphia and from Munich to Charlotte and Dallas might turn permanent in the future.

American Airlines is expanding its services in Germany by adding three new routes in 2019 from Berlin Tegel to Philadelphia and from Munich to Charlotte and Dallas/ Fort Worth. For Berlin it will be a historical event as American only ew there for a brief time 25 years ago.

“Launching three new routes from Berlin and Munich to the US is a welcome addition to the German market,” said Tom Lattig, Managing Director Europe Middle East Sales for the airline. “We chose the route from Berlin to Philadelphia as it is one of our most important hubs in the Northeast. For Charlotte and Dallas Fort Worth to Munich, we see strong economic potential. These new routes will also facilitate connections from Germany to the rest of North America, the Caribbean and Latin America.”

“Philadelphia is the third North American destination to be served non-stop from Berlin. This will further strengthen tourism and the economy of the capital region. Almost 950.000 passengers flew from Berlin to North America and back in 2018. And I can assure American Airlines that the new BER airport will open its doors in October 2020, providing excellent facilities to the airline,” said Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH.

“With 2.7 million passengers per year, the USA is Munich Airport’s largest non- European market. The new routes will significantly enhance the overall connectivity for Munich and Bavaria”, added Thomas Weyer, Chief Financial Of cer Munich Airport.
Berlin will be own four times weekly over the summer from Philadelphia while both Munich-Charlotte and Munich-Dallas will be served on a daily service. Charlotte will however be flown on a year-round basis.

American Airlines press conference at ITB Berlin