American Airlines’ luxury bus service adds new routes from PHL Airport to Atlantic City, Allentown – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Beginning Friday, American Airlines will add new routes between Philadelphia International Airport and Atlantic City and Allentown carrying passengers in luxury coaches.

Lakshman Amaranayaka, vice president of Philadelphia operations for American Airlines, said that without the coaches, they would not have been able to provide direct service to Philadelphia for families living near Jersey Shore and Allentown.

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“Now we can bring seamless service from these cities to Philadelphia and around the world,” Amaranayaka said. “We’re really excited to do this.”

Passengers book their tickets as they would for a scheduled flight, pass through airport security and board buses that will drop them off on the tarmac at Philadelphia International Airport.

Passengers will no longer need to go through security, but Lehigh Valley International Airport has warned passengers that for the first few weeks they will need to board coaches outside the airport and go through security in Philadelphia.

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The airport said it was still awaiting final approval from the TSA before passengers could be allowed to board buses on the tarmac.

American plans to launch a third route to Lancaster in August.

Ellie Ewing drove an hour and 40 minutes from Lancaster to Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday morning, and she said she would be willing to use American Airlines landline service.

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“I guess that would be good. I think parking is always an issue,” Ewing said. “I’m sure it will be cool.”

Melvin Z. Madore