American Airlines Launches New Service to Edinburgh

The first seasonal non-stop flight to the Scottish capital took off this week from the Philadelphia International Airport.

Edinburgh city. bnoragitt | Getty Images

On Tuesday, American Airlines introduced new service at the Philadelphia International Airport: a new seasonal flight to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Edinburgh is PHL’s 35th international destination with a direct flight from Philadelphia and is one of four new international flights coming to airport this spring.

The new flight is also part of American’s mission to serve 20 non-stop European destinations from PHL. American moved the flight from New York’s JFK Airport to PHL.

The first flight took off on Tuesday for the seven-hour journey to Scotland’s capital.

“Edinburgh is a beautiful, amazing city,” said PHL CEO Chellie Cameron in a statement. “This new service gives our customers a convenient path to one of the most popular destinations in the United Kingdom and makes it easier for travelers from Scotland to visit the birthplace of America. We are excited about this new route, pairing two World Heritage cities.”

The service to Edinburgh (EDI) Airport will operate daily and ends on October 26, 2019, giving travelers time to explore the city’s medieval attractions in three seasons.

“As American’s transatlantic gateway, Philadelphia plays an important role connecting customers traveling between destinations throughout the U.S. and Europe,” said Jim Moses, American Airlines vice president of PHL hub operations, in a statement.

“Our inaugural service to Edinburgh marks the first of four new transatlantic routes launching this year, reinforcing American’s commitment to the region.”

American will also launch flights to Bologna, Italy, Berlin, Germany and Dubrovnik, Croatia in June. PHL will be the only airport with non-stop flights to Bologna and Dubrovnik. Learn more about those flights here.