I’ve been happy to see the increased focus by the City of Philadelphia and the airlines that serve it on opening new and exciting routes to PHL. So it’s no surprise that this latest news is exciting.

To recap the most recently opened routes from Philadelphia:

  • Prague (American)
  • Budapest (American)
  • Reykjavik (Icelandair) – NEW
  • Dublin (AerLingus) – NEW

China Daily published a story in April about the desire on both sides for Beijing and Philadelphia to open a direct link. This is no surprise given the Chinese population in the city, the great schools, and Chinatown itself:

“The direct flights between Philadelphia and China will bring more opportunities, and it’s very important for the economy for the entire region,” Chellie Cameron, chief executive of Philadelphia International Airport, said at a reception hosted by the airport on Thursday. “And we have the capability to achieve this goal.”

“Direct air link is not only about commercial considerations, it will really bond the two peoples together. It will shorten the distance between our cities and states, and it will change the images of our counties and enhance mutual understanding,” said Zhang Qiyue, consul general of China in New York.

Honestly, this makes sense for both parties. Philly Mag reports Chinese tourists spend more money than any other group in the world, with an average of $7,200 per trip in 2015.

I’ve reached out to Philly Airport PR and am awaiting comment.


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Air China executives have visited PHL twice in the past few months.

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Do you want direct flights, i.e., with a stop, or do you want non-stop flights?