American Airlines Suspends All Remaining Flights to Asia; Will Reduce Int. Capacity by 75%

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American Airlines today starts a phased suspension
of additional long-haul international flights from the U.S..

The airline will reduce international capacity by
75% year-on-year from 16 March and until 6 May 2020, at the
earliest.

American Airlines will:

– Continue
to operate one flight daily from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) to London
(LHR), one flight daily from Miami (MIA) to LHR and three flights
per week from DFW to Tokyo (NRT); and

– Continue short-haul
international flying, which includes flights to Canada, Mexico,
Caribbean, Central America and certain markets in the northern
part of South America, as scheduled.


In addition to the
international changes, the airline anticipates its domestic
capacity in April will be reduced by 20% compared to last year and
May’s domestic capacity will be reduced by 30% on a year-on-year
basis.

International Route Changes –
Asia

– Effective 16 March, American will suspend all remaining flights to Asia, except
for three flights per week from DFW to NRT
Australia and New
Zealand;

– Suspending service from Los Angeles
(LAX) to Auckland (AKL) effective March 16, which was slated to
end seasonal flying on 28 March;

– Suspending service from LAX to
Sydney (SYD) effective 16 March

Europe – Phased Suspension


American will continue to operate one flight daily from DFW to LHR
and MIA to LHR;

– Suspend flights from New York (JFK), Boston
(BOS), Chicago (ORD), and LAX to LHR gradually over the next seven
days to re-accommodate passengers and crew;

– LHR, Dublin (DUB) and
Manchester (MAN) flights from Charlotte (CLT), Philadelphia (PHL)
and Phoenix (PHX) will be suspended faster, as these airports are
not approved gateways by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Final eastbound flights from CLT, PHL and PHX was on 15 March; the
final westbound flights returning from LHR, DUB and MAN will
depart 16 March; and

– Continued suspensions in other parts of Europe,
as previously announced, including the delayed start of some
seasonal routes as well as flights to and from Amsterdam (AMS),
Barcelona (BCN), Frankfurt (FRA), Madrid (MAD) and Munich (MUC) Paris (CDG) and Zurich (ZRH) through early May, or later, based on
guidance from the U.S. government and customer demand.

South
America, effective 16 March

– Suspending service from JFK and
MIA to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) and Georgetown, Guyana (GEO);


Suspending service from DFW, JFK and MIA to São Paulo (GRU);


Suspending service from DFW and MIA to:

Chile: Santiago (SCL)
Colombia: Bogota (BOG)
Ecuador: Guayaquil (GYE) and Quito (UIO)
Peru: Lima (LIM)

Suspending service from MIA to:

Brazil:
Brasilia (BSB) and Manaus (MAO)

Colombia: Barranquilla (BAQ),
Cartagena (CTG), Cali (CLO), Medellin (MDE) and Pereira (PEI)

These capacity reductions assume no slot waivers are in place
other than those previously granted. At airports where demand
exceeds airfield and/or terminal capacity, access is governed by
slots that grant airlines permission to take off and land at
specific times. Given the decrease in demand related to COVID19,
American, and the industry as a whole, has requested temporary relief from this usage requirement — otherwise known as requesting a slot waiver — to
better align capacity with demand without the risk of losing
valuable takeoff and landing slots for the future.

American will waive change fees for customers
who purchased tickets prior to 15 March for travel to Europe,
including the United Kingdom or Ireland, through 31 May.
Additionally, American says its reservations team will contact customers
whose flights have been canceled directly by email or telephone.
Customers who booked through a travel agent will be contacted by
their agency directly. If a flight is canceled and a customer
chooses not to be rebooked, they can request a full refund.

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