Published on : Monday, March 16, 2020
American Airlines announced that it will further slash 75% of its international flight capacity. The decision comes as a result of decreasing demand as the coronavirus crisis continues all across the globe.
On Saturday, the US government declared that it is expanding its European travel ban to the UK and Ireland commencing today. Earlier, the US government announced to ban travellers from 26 other Schengen Area countries from Europe. As a response to the ban, American airlines will continue to operate just one daily flight from Dallas and Miami to London Heathrow till the 6th of May 2020, starting today.
The airline mentioned that it will continue to operate three flights every week from Dallas to Tokyo. These flights will be the only American non-stop connections between the US and the Asian continent. The airline will further suspend multiple direct flights from its Dallas Fort Worth, John F Kennedy and Miami hubs to various cities in South America. However, some flights would still be functional. As of now, short-haul international flights to parts of South America, Central America, Canada and the Caribbean will continue to operate normally.
American Airlines also said that in addition to international changes, domestic capacity flights have the probability to be reduced by 20% as compared to last year in April. The Fort-Worth based carrier also assumes that the domestic capacity can go down by 30% in May in a year over year basis.
American has already cut down international capacity flights by 34% earlier last week. The new suspension plan would be gradually executed over the next one week to re-accommodate passengers as well as crew members.