The inaugural flights to Prague and Budapest serviced by American Airlines departed PHL after a celebration on May 4 2018.

The ambassador to the United States from Hungary László Szabó as well as Consul General Ferenc Kumin from the New York Consulate General of Hungary attended the gate event with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and American Airlines executives.

Passengers and guests enjoyed cuisine inspired by traditional food served in the respective countries.

“American Airlines’ new direct service between Philadelphia and Budapest will open up a new era in Hungarian-American relations,” said Dr. Laszlo Szabó, Ambassador of Hungary. “This new infrastructure will allow Hungarian and American businessmen to trade and invest more efficiently, and help tourists experience the best of both countries with speed and comfort.

“Hungary has one of the fastest growing economies in the European Union, based on exceptionally talented and qualified workers, and an attractive investment environment, which is actively supported by the Hungarian government.

This direct physical connection will enhance the flow of people, products, investment, and innovation between our nations. I am confident that the Philadelphia-Budapest service will take Hungarian-American relations to new heights.”

“We are very pleased that our hub carrier American Airlines has introduced service to these wonderful cities,” said Airport CEO Chellie Cameron. “International destinations are a priority and we are proud to see that American Airlines is using PHL to expand its service.” “American is excited that our customers will now be able to experience the unique cultures of these two prominent European cities,” said Olympia Colasante, American’s Vice President – PHL Hub Operations.

“In addition, Hungarian and Czech nationals can more easily connect from our historic city to anywhere in the United States.”

Budapest and Prague share with Philadelphia the distinction of being recognized as World Heritage cities because they each boast at least one UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the two new daily flights to Prague and Budapest, PHL offers service to 36 international destinations, including 16 capital cities.

(Philadelphia International Airport/Consulate General of Hungary in New York)