American Airlines announces major flight suspensions to Europe

Mar 13, 2020

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American Airlines announced major cuts on 12 March to its European and South American schedules, a move that comes amid slumping demand and new travel restrictions aimed at the coronavirus outbreak.

American said it would slash summer capacity on international routes by 34% as compared to what it had originally expected to sell during the summer season.

Transatlantic flying will take a particularly big hit, with a 50% flight reduction in April. The cuts – including a number of route suspensions – were announced a day after President Trump announced restrictions on foreign travellers heading to the United States from Europe. U.S. citizens can return, but their return travel must be to a CDC-approved airport where health officials can screen incoming travellers.

American said it would continue to operate at least some routes to Europe for up to seven days “to ensure customers and employees can return home” in the wake of the new U.S. restrictions.

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In total, American will suspend service or delay the start of seasonal flights on nearly two dozen routes between the U.S. and Europe. The airline also will reduce capacity on a handful of others, mostly to and from London Heathrow (LHR). Most of the cuts begin within the next week and will last into May or June, depending on the route.

To South America, American will suspend all of its service to Argentina beginning next week. Service to Buenos Aires is expected to resume 7 May. American’s nonstop service between Miami and Cordoba was already set to be discontinued in May, but will now end in March – earlier than expected.

Elsewhere in South America, American will pare back service to Chile and Brazil. The carrier is suspending its Dallas/Fort Worth-Santiago route from 19 March through 3 June, though American will continue to serve the city from Miami.

The suspension of Argentina flights comes after that nation announced it would stop issuing visas for travellers from countries hit hard by the coronavirus, including those from the U.S.. U.K. and Europe’s Schengen Area.

More: Everything you need to know about the U.S. European travel ban

Similarly, American will suspend flights to São Paulo from its hubs at Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles starting 19 March. American expects DFW flights to resume in June, though the Los Angeles flights will be suspended through late October. The airline will still fly to the Brazilian metropolis from Miami and New York.

The cuts announced 12 March came after other coronavirus-related flight reductions already made by American, particularly to places like China, South Korea and Italy. The newest update adds a substantial number of cuts to American’s international schedule.

A full list of American’s newly announced flight suspensions is below.

EUROPE

Charlotte (CLT)

Frankfurt (FRA): Suspended 13 March through 6 May; flights expected to resume 7 May

Munich (MUC): Suspended 13 March through 6 May; flights expected to resume 7 May

Chicago O’Hare (ORD)

Rome (FCO): Seasonal start delayed; flights expected to begin 4 June

London Heathrow (LHR): Reduced from four daily flights to three; regular schedule expected to resume 7 May

Dallas/Fort Worth

Rome (FCO): Seasonal start delayed; flights expected to begin 7 May

Frankfurt (FRA): Suspended 19 March through 6 May; flights expected to resume 7 May

London Heathrow (LHR): Reduced from four daily flights to three; regular schedule expected to resume 7 May

Madrid (MAD): Suspended 19 March through 6 May; flights expected to resume 7 May

Paris (CDG): Suspended 19 March through 6 May; flights expected to resume 7 May

Miami (MIA)

Barcelona (BCN): Suspended 19 March through 6 May; flights expected to resume 7 May

Paris (CDG): Suspended 19 March through 3 June; flights expected to resume 4 June

Madrid (MAD): Suspended 19 March through 6 May; flights expected to resume 7 May

Milan (MXP): Suspended through 6 May; flights expected to resume 7 May

New York JFK

Barcelona (BCN): Suspended19 March through 6 May; flights expected to resume 7 May

Rome (FCO): Seasonal start delayed; flights expected to begin 7 May

London (LHR): Reduced from four daily flights to three; regular schedule expected to resume 7 May

Madrid (MAD): Suspended 19 March through 3 June; flights expected to begin 4 June

Milan (MXP): Suspended through 6 May; flights expected to resume 7 May

Paris (CDG): Suspended 19 March through 6 May; flights expected to resume 7 May

Philadelphia (PHL)

Amsterdam (AMS): Suspended 13 March through 6 May; flights expected to resume 7 May

Paris (CDG): Suspended 13 March through 6 May; flights expected to resume 7 May

Rome (FCO): Suspended through 6 May; flights expected to resume 7 May

Madrid (MAD): Suspended 13 March through 6 May; flights expected to resume 7 May

Zurich (ZRH): Suspended 13 March through 6 May; flights expected to resume 7 May

Raleigh/Durham (RDU)

London Heathrow (LHR): Suspended 19 March through 6 May; flights expected to resume 7 May

SOUTH AMERICA

Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)

Buenos Aires (EZE): Suspended 16 March through 3 June; flights expected to resume 4 June

São Paulo (GRU): Suspended 19 March through 3 June; flights expected to resume 4 June

Santiago (SCL): Suspended 19 March through 3 June; flights expected to resume 4 June

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Los Angeles (LAX)

Buenos Aires (EZE): Suspended 16 March through 24 October; flights expected to resume 25 October

São Paulo (GRU): Suspended 19 March through 24 October; flights expected to resume 25 October

Miami (MIA)

Buenos Aires (EZE): Suspended 16 March through 6 May; flights expected to resume 7 May

Cordoba, Argentina (COR): Service will end permanently in March, earlier than the previously expected 6 May end-of-service date

Buenos Aires (EZE): Suspended 16 March through 3 June; flights expected to resume 7 May

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