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New Service from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to Seamlessly Connect Passengers through Philadelphia

New Service from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to Seamlessly Connect Passengers through Philadelphia

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New Service from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

to Seamlessly Connect Passengers through Philadelphia

Avoca, PA (May 14, 2024) – Customers departing from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP) with American Airlines will soon have the ability to make connections through a third hub – Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).


Effective August 6, 2024, new service linking AVP and PHL will be operated by luxury motorcoaches as part of American Airlines’ partnership with The Landline Company. The service will operate four (4) times daily in each direction, providing customers with a convenient way to start and end their travels. The service will have many of the features customers would expect from the first-class cabin of a regional jet, including in-seat power, WiFi, plentiful legroom and leather seats. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton customers connecting on American Airlines via PHL can clear security at AVP. American and Landline take customers directly to the tarmac of the “F” Concourse in PHL, allowing for easy, behind security connections to American’s global PHL network. Customers book trips on American and Landline just like any other connecting flight option by navigating to their preferred airline ticketing / reservation platform and selecting AVP as their origin.


Here are the highlights:

  • American Airlines is launching a new “tarmac-to-tarmac” luxury motorcoach service to its hub in PHL.
  • The new service allows passengers to clear security at AVP, board a luxury motorcoach at one of AVP’s departure gates, and arrive at a secure gate at PHL’s Terminal F. Customers will then disembark at the gate (without having to re-clear security), and walk to their next gate to continue their connecting flight.
  • These luxury motorcoaches feature 35 premium leather seats in a 2 by 1 seating configuration and offer 36 inches of seat pitch, comparable to the premium cabin on a regional jet. Passengers also enjoy free WiFi and in-seat power at every seat. Additionally, customers can earn and redeem AAdvantage miles using these new connecting Landline “flights”.
  • Bags are handled as with any flight: passengers check their luggage in with American Airlines on arrival, and the airport’s baggage handling system takes over from there. Check-in also works like any other American Airlines flight.
  • American is launching the service with four (4) roundtrips per day, timed to connect with American flights out of PHL.
  • To use the service, customers will book their flight through American Airlines’ website or mobile app, entering AVP as origin and selecting the destination (i.e. MIA) as the endpoint, just like a flight itinerary.


Carl R. Beardsley, Jr., AVP’s Executive Director, said, “Many passengers choose AVP for the convenience and low-stress environment. Being able to start your trip from AVP and connect through Philadelphia alleviates some of the stress when starting your travel from a larger airport.”


Joe Sottile, American Airlines Director of Domestic Network Planning, said, “We are pleased to expand our innovative partnership with Landline to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Complementing our existing service from AVP to both our Charlotte and Chicago hubs, this new service will enhance access to American’s global network, including convenient one-stop service via our Philadelphia hub to over 100 destinations in the U.S. and around the world.” 


"We are thrilled to expand our network to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton region, allowing American Airlines passengers to clear security at their local airport, closer to home, and connect through Philadelphia post security," said Michael Sharer, Landline’s Northeast Operations Lead. "This service will provide a seamless, premium motorcoach connection to passengers with flights out of Philadelphia. Passengers can book their trips on by searching Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AVP) to their final destination."


Travelers arriving back in PHL will continue to board the luxury motorcoach airside and arrive nonstop directly at AVP. Checked baggage will be directly transferred between the motorcoaches and aircraft.


American Airlines currently has three (3) daily roundtrip flights between AVP and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), as well as two (2) daily roundtrip flights between AVP and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).


Daily service to/from PHL will operate on the following schedule:


Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AVP) to Philadelphia (PHL):

Depart AVP at 7:20 AM; Arrive PHL at 9:40 AM

Depart AVP at 10:20 AM; Arrive PHL at 12:40 PM

Depart AVP at 3:00 PM; Arrive PHL at 5:35 PM

Depart AVP at 5:30 PM; Arrive PHL at 7:50 PM


Philadelphia (PHL) to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AVP):

Depart PHL at 10:40 AM; Arrive AVP at 1:00 PM

Depart PHL at 1:35 PM; Arrive AVP at 3:55 PM

Depart PHL at 6:35 PM; Arrive AVP at 8:55 PM

Depart PHL at 8:45 PM; Arrive AVP at 11:05 PM


About AVP

AVP currently offers travelers approximately 20 daily arrivals and departures, which includes non-stop flights to multiple destinations, with one-stop service to hundreds of destinations worldwide.  AVP and their airline partners have added five (5) additional destinations so far in 2024! Air service is provided by the following airlines: American (Charlotte, Chicago-O’Hare, and Philadelphia (beginning August 6, 2024)); Breeze (Orlando, Myrtle Beach (beginning June 20, 2024), Fort Myers (beginning October 3, 2024)); and United (Chicago-O’Hare, Newark, Washington-Dulles (beginning June 27, 2024)).  For more information, call 1-877-2FLYAVP (235-9287), visit, follow @flyAVP on Twitter and flyAVP_ on Instagram, connect with us on Facebook, or download the flyAVP app from the Apple Store or Google Play.


About American Airlines Group

To Care for People on Life's Journey®. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL and the company's stock is included in the S&P 500. Learn more about what's happening at American by visiting and connect with American @AmericanAir and at


About The Landline Company

The biggest airlines in the world trust Landline to power their first and last mile connectivity. Landline's industry-first platform allows airlines to leverage the seamlessness and affordability of ground transportation to add dynamic new routes to their network without sacrificing on quality or customer experience. Landline operates seamless multi-modal networks on behalf of Air Canada, United Airlines, American Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines.Landline is fundamentally reshaping the way every consumer thinks about the travel day by making air travel multi-modal. Visit for more information. 

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