MIAMI — American Airlines has announced in its weekly Arrivals newsletter the end of its Philadelphia (PHL) – Tel Aviv (TLV) service. According to Airlineroute.net, last PHL – TLV flight will take place next January 4, 2016, while the final TLV – PHL flight has been set for the next day.
The airline cited that the decision was not taken lightly, and that despite the decent load factors, the carrier has never been able to turn a profit during six years of operation. “We lost more than $20 million in the past year alone. At a certain point, no matter how much we want to serve a particular route, we have to make the right decision for our business.”
The route is operated by US Airways, with an Airbus A330-200 with a seating for 252 passengers (C20, Y232). The flight has been the longest served by US Airways at 5,770 miles (9,285 kilometers).
The newsletter report also stated that “Customers can still access TLV through our joint business partner British Airways via London, or through our codeshare relationship with El Al via our European gateways such as London, Paris, Madrid and Frankfurt.”
American assured that Philadelphia “Is a prime hub for connecting customers to and from destinations throughout Europe, and will continue to be an important, strategic hub for our partners through the Atlantic Joint Business. While it isn’t the same as reaching Tel Aviv from our own backyard,”