The Athens-Chicago route, which is subject to government approval, will launch in May 2019 and run until October 2019. Daily flights will be carried out with the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner and are expected to offer about 70,000 new airline seats. This will be the airline’s second connection with Athens, Greece, as it already operates the seasonal Philadelphia – Athens route.
According to an announcement by the airline, the new Athens-Chicago route is part of its European network expansion, which will include nine new routes designed to meet customer demand:
CLT: Daily year-round service to Munich Airport (MUC)
DFW: Daily summer seasonal service to Dublin Airport (DUB) and to MUC
ORD: Daily summer seasonal service to Athens International Airport (ATH) in Greece
PHL: Daily summer seasonal service to Edinburgh Airport (EDI) in Scotland; new summer seasonal service to Berlin-Tegel Airport (TXL), Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ) in Italy and Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) in Croatia
PHX: Daily seasonal service to London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
Via Twitter, Athens Airport applauded the airline for its decision to connect Chicago to Athens: “Chicago is coming to #Athens! American will be launching a new daily direct flight between Chicago ORD and #athensairport – The Boeing 787 Dreamliner of American will connect the 2 destinations From May 3rd till October 2nd 2019. Well done @AmericanAir!”
According to an announcement by Athens Airport, Athens is seeing growing numbers from the United States market. Until the month of July, passengers traveling for leisure or business trips showed a 25 percent increase.