American Airlines adding direct flight from Charlotte to Munich

Zach Vance • Aug 21, 2018 at 11:46 PM

Tri-Cities travelers with an itch to visit Europe will soon be able to choose a new route that does not include a layover in Atlanta.

American Airlines announced Tuesday it will add a direct flight between Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Munich Airport in Germany beginning March 31, 2019, according to a company press release.

“American Airlines’ plan to add a non-stop flight to Munich, Germany, from Charlotte will offer TRI passengers additional options for one-stop connections to the world,” Tri-Cities Airport spokeswoman Kristi Haulsee said in a statement to the Johnson City Press.

The flight, subject to government approval, will be offered daily. It will be the first international, long-haul flight launched by American Airlines from Charlotte since 2014.

“Charlotte’s unique location and cost-effective operation continues to give us opportunities to grow American’s service there,” Vasu Raja, American’s vice president of network and schedule planning, said in the company’s press release.

“Our new flights from Charlotte will provide German customers with access to our second-largest hub and onward connections to more than 120 destinations. Through our Atlantic Joint Business with British Airways, Iberia and Finnair, we have seen increased demand for service into Munich, and introducing this new flight provides more choices for customers on both side of the Atlantic.”

The flight will be offered aboard a two-class Airbus 330-200 aircraft, which can typically accomodate up to 406 passengers.

American Airlines officials said customers flying “Flagship Business” can look forward to lie-flat, aisle-accessible suites, equipped with Bose noise-canceling headphones, celebrity chef-inspired menus and bedding designed by Casper. High-speed international Wi-Fi and personal inflight entertainment screens will be available to every customer on board.

According to Google Flights, a flight from Tri-Cities Airport to Munich Airport currently costs between $990 and $5,823, but all include at least one layover at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

While this will be the first American airline to offer flights nonstop from Charlotte to Munich, Lufthansa — Germany’s largest airline — has offered direct flights between Munich and Charlotte since 2004.

Tickets for the new flights are expected to go on sale Aug. 27.

Other new flights announced by American Airlines include:

  • From Philadelphia International Airport (PHL): Daily summer seasonal service to Edinburgh Airport (EDI) in Scotland; and new, summer seasonal service to BerlinTegel Airport (TXL), Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ) in Italy and Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) in Croatia
  • From Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): Daily summer seasonal service to Dublin Airport (DUB) and Munich Airport (MUC)
  • From Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD): Daily summer seasonal service to Athens International Airport (ATH) in Greece
  • From Phoenix International Airport (PHX): Daily seasonal service to London Heathrow International (LHR)


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