Well, hopefully AA will get it's act together and get these international flights restored. My concern right now is, they have cut so much domestic flying at PHL, that if the do not restore those flights, a lot of the international traffic will need to rely on O & D. While that can be sustained with the major markets like London and other major European centers, there will not be enough feed into PHL to support the second tier European cities that AA/US were always known for operating to/from PHL.
Sure but second-tier Europe won't be back until next summer anyways. At that point, I wouldn't be surprised if AA's schedule gets close to what it was. Other than DBV, BUD, and BER, which were all the most recent adds in the last 2 years, everything is loaded and bookable. REK is still launching, as well. Although CMN is not in the schedule, I personally think, after UA's Africa and India adds this week, AA might get on the offensive and put this back...or RAM steps in and takes over. I understand that just because something is bookable doesn't mean it sticks so we will have to see how winter bookings shape up.
Another thing to keep in mind, some of the other EU markets are not launching back from hubs that had them prior. CLT lost FCO, BCN and CDG. ORD lost VCE and PRG. So pushing those pax through PHL, like they did in the beginning of the merger, is what will most likely take shape. All we can hope is that people feel comfortable enough to take the summer vacations they postponed from this year. And cargo remains strong since that is definitely carrying the international lift at the moment.