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American Airlines Begins Nonstop Service to London

Mar 31, 2019, 15:36 PM by Public Relations

PHOENIX – Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, members of the Phoenix City Council, and other local leaders gathered at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport today to welcome American Airlines’ first nonstop flight to Phoenix from London.

777-200ER-LandingThe new, year-round flight to London marks American’s first-ever non-stop flight from Phoenix to Europe.

American will use the Boeing 777-200ER for the flight. It offers 273 seats with three classes of service: Business Class; Premium Economy; and Main Cabin Service. The daily flight leaves from London at 9:30 a.m., arriving in Phoenix at 12:30 p.m.  The Phoenix-London flight departs Phoenix at 3:10 p.m. and arrives in London at 9:25 a.m., making it convenient for both business and leisure travelers to make connections elsewhere in Europe.

This flight brings the number of flights per week to London to 14. British Airways continues to offer its daily nonstop service from Phoenix, departing at 7:45 p.m. International flights provide a vital boost to Arizona economy by bringing in about $3 billion each year. Cake-Cutting-With-Dignitaries

For more information on this flight and other international routes operated from PHX, please visit .


Back row pictured from left to right: Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher, Director of Aviation Services James E. Bennett, Managing Director for American Airlines in Phoenix John Daley, and crew members from American Airlines.
Front row pictured from left to right: Assistant Aviation Director Deborah Ostreicher, Phoenix City Councilwoman Felicita Mendoza, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Phoenix Mayor Thelda Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce Glenn Hamer, CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Todd Sanders, and President and CEO of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association Kim Sabow.

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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America’s Friendliest Airport®, has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. Every day approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 120,000 passengers arrive and depart at Sky Harbor. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with Airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the Airport.



Quotes from Phoenix Mayor and City Council

“American’s new, year-round flight to London will continue to make Phoenix a globally connected city.  Tourists and business travelers will be able to conduct business more quickly and continue to grow our economy.  An estimated $3 billion is brought into the local economy through international flights — this flight will further that investment.”

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego


“Phoenix has become a world class destination and with American’s new service to we now have 14 non-stop flights per week to connect to London. With further services to Frankfurt, Phoenix residents will find it easier to connect to Europe and the rest of the world.”

Vice Mayor Jim Waring, District 2


“American Airlines’ non-stop service to London provides a convenient travel option from Phoenix, connecting people directly to Europe as they travel for business or leisure. I look forward to the success of this route and more international air service in the future.”

Councilwoman Debra Stark, District 3

Chair of Aviation and Transportation Subcommittee


“Year-round service to London is great news for Phoenix. Our residents now have even greater access to Europe for leisure and business travel. This will further boost our economy and showcase our city and state to the world.”

Councilwoman Felicita Mendoza, District 8

Member of the Aviation and Transportation Subcommittee
Represents the district where Sky Harbor is located


 “International air service is key to Phoenix’s growing economy and global presence.  A convenient schedule that accommodates our business travelers and attracts our leisure travelers is an important economic driver. We have worked for several years on this historic nonstop flight and I want to thank Oneworld alliance, American Airlines and the city of Phoenix team for working together to turn this into a reality.”

Councilwoman Thelda Williams, District 1

Member of the Aviation and Transportation Subcommittee


“Phoenix is in high demand for business and leisure travelers worldwide and this new service will help feed that demand. This new route speaks volumes to the breadth of our hospitality, tourism, and innovation throughout the City.”

Councilwoman Laura Pastor, District 4


 “We have worked very hard to attract new international service to Sky Harbor and this route is further testimony to our efforts. We look forward to future opportunities to showcase our great city.”

Councilman Michael Nowakowski, District 7