From Brum to the home of American Freedom - Philadelphia.

The Birmingham Post has reported that Direct flights from Birmingham to Philadelphia start next year with news that US Airways, the fifth largest airline in America is to start flights to Philadelphia in May.

The route compliments the existing route by Continental Airlines to New York (Newark) following the discontination of American Airlines route to Chicago. The deal follows months of negotiation between Birmingham International Airport and US Airways at their Phoenix headquaters.

Mike Whitby commented:

“Alongside the emerging markets of China and India, the US possesses one of the primary economies with which globally relevant cities such as Birmingham must increasingly trade and interact. Only by first establishing world-class transport links of this nature can we start to build the necessary relationships with major overseas economies which ultimately serve as the catalyst for inward investment, job creation and local prosperity.”

Flights to Birmingham will begin on May 12th 2009 departing Philadelphia daily at 6.05pm arriving into Birmingham at 6.25am with return flights starting May 13th 2009 leaving Birmingham at 8.45am and arriving in Philadelphia at 11.50am.

Suzanne Boda, the senior vice president for east coast, international and cargo operations of US Airways said, “We are delighted to bring this portfolio to the people of the Midlands and offer a new destination to Birmingham’s growing network from 2009.”

Boda said Birmingham is among Europe's 50 largest airports, and that the carrier believes Oslo [another route seeing a connection to Philadelphia] will be a popular destination for business and leisure travel, while Birmingham serves as a large business hub in the U.K.


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