American Airlines to Cut International Capacity by 75%
American Airlines said on Saturday said it will implement a phased suspension of nearly all long-haul international flights starting March 16, amid reduced demand and the increasing travel restrictions due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Between March 16 and May 6, American will reduce its international capacity by 75% on a year-over-year basis, it said in a statement, adding the changes will result in the airline parking nearly its entire widebody fleet. Here’s the details of schedule cuts:
- Reduce international capacity by 75% year over year – from March 16 to May 6
- Suspend nearly all long-haul international flights to Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand and South America
- 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)
- Continue short-haul international flying, which includes flights to Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central American and certain markets in the northern part of South America, as scheduled
The airline also anticipates its domestic capacity in April will be reduced by 20% on a year-over-year basis. Domestic capacity for the month of May will be reduced by 30%, the company added. You can see a copy of the press release here.
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