Lufthansa Airlines is back at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), offering direct service between Philadelphia and sister city Frankfurt, Germany, three times per week. Service, which was halted in March 2020 due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, resumed August 3. Among the special guests joining PHL CEO Chellie Cameron to celebrate the relaunch were Ralf Wiedemann, Consul General from Germany; Frank Naeve, Lufthansa Group Vice President of Sales for the Americas; Susanne Johnson, Executive Director of the German-American Chamber of Commerce Philadelphia; and former Philadelphia City Councilmember Al Taubenburger.
“We are grateful that Lufthansa has returned to PHL during what continues to be a challenging time. The direct service Lufthansa offers between Philadelphia and our sister city Frankfurt is critical for our region’s business. Many local companies are headquarted in both cities,” said Cameron. “In addition to carrying passengers, the flights will be used for transporting cargo between the U.S. and Europe.”
Lufthansa has a long history of connecting Philadelphia and Germany: the airline’s first flight from PHL to Frankfurt took off in April 1965.
“Last year we were planning to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Lufthansa and PHL’s relationship. Now we’re happy to mark that service milestone in 2021,” said Cameron.