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Philadelphia to Graz Austria flights

2 years ago, I was scheduled to fly on Lufthansa by way of Frankfurt. It appears that Lufthansa no longer flies out of PHL and a suitable replacement hasn't appeared. I'd like a non-stop to a European city that would have flights to Graz, and from Dubrovnik, Croatia. Hoping I have missed an obvious answer. Fall 2022.

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I'm seeing the same thing you are: On Google Flights you generally have to start with a domestic or US-Canada hop. Otherwise, even though you've specified Graz as your destination, you end up with flights terminating in Vienna. I did find a few two-transfer options that began with a flight to Europe, but they cost over $3600 round-trip. At that price I didn't bother checking to see what the return itinerary from Dubrovnik would look like.

You might wait a few months to see whether improvement in the COVID situation produces more and better flight options.

Failing that, Graz is only about 2-1/2 hours from Vienna by train. Dubrovnik may actually be your greater challenge.

This may be a time to use European budget airlines for the final leg outbound and the initial leg inbound. I realize that may cost an extra day on the outbound trip. I would definitely plan an extra day on the return because of the unprotected connection.

You can use Wikipedia's entries for the Graz and Dubrovnik airports to see what cities have direct flights from your two destinations, then see whether one of those has reasonable fares from Philadelphia.

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Not sure what day you are wanting to travel in "Fall 2022" but on kayak.com I found for Sept 17 a United flight (operated by Lufthansa) departing PHL, connecting through FRA, arriving at GRZ like this: 5:45 pm – 9:45 am +1 United Airlines 1 stop FRA 10h 00m PHL ‐ GRZ. I clicked through to the United website and it seemed real. Of course no guarantee any airline won't cancel routes or change times or whatever for pandemic or other reason.

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They did have the direct flights to Dubrovnik last year. They ended in mid October in 2021. I believe it was delta. My cousins met us there after a direct flight from Florida.

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Hi. I live close to PHL and have been researching nonstop flights to Europe and have noticed the real drop off in possibilities. One that remains viable is PHL to Zurich via American Airlines. See if that would serve to make connections to Graz, etc.

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I appreciate the other ideas offered.
I'll keep exploring, but Amsterdam combined with separate intra-Europe carriers might work. I am aware of the issues with separate tickets, but it will probably be necessary this trip.

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Have you considered travelling a bit further to another major airport. Like Washington or Newark? Those are both served by Austrian Airlines which seems like a good option for you.

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I'm an absolute zombie on return to the US. Family can pick me up at PHL easily. Anything else would require more time and effort.

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The first leg of the flight Laurie Ann mentioned is a United operated flight. The leg from FRA to GRZ is the leg operated by Lufthansa.

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I live in Philly but since the pandemic I have been flying to Europe through Newark because the routes are way better. If you can get to 30th street station easily, an Amtrak can take you directly to the airport in an hour. Its a little bit more of a hassle but it was worth it to me for the cheaper flights and more options for direct routes.

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I was finally hopeful enough a few days ago to book some outbound frequent-flier tickets tickets to Europe; maybe one of them will turn out to be usable. In doing that I kept coming up with connections in Newark. I'm not doing that (I avoid commuter airlines unless I have no alternative, and I prefer that my first flight get me to Europe), but it was clear Newark had a lot of flights. Checking those out could pay off. As a matter of fact, I may look into taking the train up there in the future when I'm trying to get to a difficult destination that would require two transfers if I departed from Washington-Dulles and has limited frequent-flier-ticket availability.

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You can fly from Philadelphia to Amsterdam (American/KLM) and Frankfurt (Lufthansa/Lufthansa) where you can board a direct flight to Graz. I do not see that the Lufthansa flight out of PHL is cancelled. You really are making it hard on yourself trying to fly into Graz as it is such a small airport. If you fly into Vienna, you can then take the train straight from the airport to Graz.

Coming back home, you could fly from Dubrovnik to Dublin to PHL; Dubrovnik to London to PHL; Dubrovnik to Amsterdam to PHL; Dubrovnik to Frankfurt to PHL.

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Thanks, Emily.
If I could fly non-stop to Vienna I would do that and take the train to Graz happily.

I was able to get a reasonable round trip non-stop to Amsterdam. I will wait a bit to buy flights to Graz and from Dubrovnik. I am happy with my decision.

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When exactly are you going? Lufthansa 427 and 426, non-stop between PHL and FRA, have been our go-to flights to connect in Frankfurt for elsewhere. These are not at them moment flying, but will be later this spring and into the fall. They have also returned to using an A340 (2-4-2 seating) for this. While we have only that one daily Lufthansa flight at PHL, it is unlikely they will give up their gate (and United does not fly their metal to Europe from PHL, yes you can get UAL in Newark, but that is a significant amount of extra time, both ways, if you are in the Philly area)