American Airlines has announced that it will make
further capacity cuts in April and May.
American will suspend between 60% and 90% of its
domestic and international capacity respectively in April
as compared to the same period in 2019 and is planning to suspend
up to 80% of its domestic capacity in May.
The changes are due to significantly decreased customer
demand and government travel restrictions related to the ongoing
COVID19 coronavirus pandemic.
The reduced April schedule was uploaded to
the airline’s website on
Sunday, while the reduced May schedule will be loaded on
Sunday, 5 April 2020.
The domestic capacity reductions take into consideration
the FAA’s recent decision to grant additional flexibility in
slot-use policies at U.S. airports during this unprecedented
situation. The waivers allow the airline to better align
capacity with demand in light of adjustments to the flight
The most significant change is the reduction in
service to Hawaii in April. In response to the new 14-day
quarantine order for travelers flying to Hawaii, American has
suspended operations into Kona (KOA), Lihue (LIH) and Maui (OGG).
The airline will continue to operate one daily flight from Los
Angeles (LAX) to Honolulu (HNL).
American is extending its offer to
waive change fees for customers who purchase tickets through 15 April. The offer is available for any of American’s published