Yesterday, American Airlines announced additional schedule changes; in response to the huge decline in customer demand related to COVID-19. The company plans to cut their international flights for the summer peak by 10%, including a 55% reduction in trans-Pacific capacity, and reduce domestic capacity in April by 7.5%.

At the time of writing, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States already exceeds 1,000. Many states have declared an emergency.

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Asia

  • Service to mainland China and Hong Kong (HKG) from Los Angeles (LAX) suspended through the summer.
  • Service to mainland China from Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) suspended through the summer.
  • Service from DFW to HKG suspended through June. DFW-HKG will resume with a reduced schedule in July.
  • Extending the suspension of service from DFW to Seoul, South Korea (ICN) into early May.
  • Flights from LAX and DFW to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT) and Haneda International Airport (HND) will be operated with a smaller widebody aircraft, beginning in May.
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OriginDestinationSchedule changeResumption of service
DFWBeijing (PEK)Suspended through 23rd October24th October
DFWShanghai (PVG)Suspended through 23rd October24th October
DFWHong Kong (HKG)Suspended through 1st July2nd July, flights resume 3 weekly through 23rd October
DFWTokyo-Narita (NRT)Downgrade from a Boeing 777-200 and 789 mix to a 788 beginning 7th May
DFWTokyo-Haneda (HND)Downgrade from a Boeing 777 to a 788 beginning 7th May
DFWSeoul, South Korea (ICN)Suspended through 1st May; Downgrade from a Boeing 789 to a 788 beginning 7th May2nd May
LAXBeijing (PEK)Suspended through 23rd October24th October
LAXShanghai (PVG)Suspended through 23rd October24th October
LAXHong Kong (HKG)Suspended through 23rd October24th October
LAXTokyo-Haneda (HND)Downgrade from a Boeing 789 to a 788 beginning 7th May
LAXSydney (SYD)Reduce from daily flights to 6 weekly in May and JuneDaily service resumes 19th June

Europe

  • Service from Philadelphia (PHL) to Rome (FCO) suspended immediately through the end of April.
  • Extending the suspension of service to Milan (MXP) and suspending flights from Chicago (ORD) and Charlotte (CLT) to FCO through early summer.
  • Delaying the seasonal resumption of flights from CLT to Barcelona (BCN) and from ORD to Venice (VCE) to early June. Also delaying the seasonal resumption of flights from New York (JFK) and DFW to FCO, through the end of April and suspending operations of a second daily flight from DFW to FCO for the summer.
  • Reducing service to Paris (CDG) and Madrid (MAD) for parts of May and June.
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OriginDestinationSchedule changeResumption of service
CLTBarcelona, Spain (BCN)Suspended 7th May through 3rd June4th June
CLTRome, Italy (FCO)Suspended 28th March through 3rd June4th June
DFWRome, Italy (FCO)Suspended 29th March through 23rd April24th April
DFWRome, Italy (FCO) – additional summer frequencySuspended 2nd July through 17th AugustFlights will not operate
JFKRome, Italy (FCO)Suspended 29th March through 23rd April24th April
JFKMadrid, Spain (MAD)Suspended 7th May through 3rd June4th June
JFKMilan (MXP)Suspended through 1st May2nd May
MIAParis (CDG)Suspended 7th May through 3rd June4th June
MIAMilan (MXP)Suspended through 1st May2nd May
ORDVenice, Italy (VCE)Suspended through 3rd June4th June
ORDRome, Italy (FCO)Suspended 28th March through 3rd June4th June
PHLRome, Italy (FCO)Suspended 10th March through 23rd April24th April

South America

  • Flights from Miami (MIA) to Montevideo, Uruguay (MVD) will become seasonal, with service ending in May and resuming in December.
  • Flights from DFW to Santiago, Chile (SCL) will be suspended through April.
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OriginDestinationSchedule changeResumption of service
DFWSantiago, Chile (SCL)Suspended 14th April through 6th May7th May
JFKSao Paulo (GRU)Suspend Tuesday and Wednesday service from 14th April through 6th MayDaily service returns 7th May
MIAMontevideo, Uruguay (MVD)Seasonal market exit from 7th May through 17th December18th December

These capacity reductions assume no slot waivers are in place. Given the drop-off in demand related to COVID-19, American 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. We can expect that American will make further cancellations if such waivers are granted.

Widebody aircraft from these routes will be redeployed on key domestic routes. American will also introduce a new seasonal service between ORD and Honolulu (HNL) this summer on Boeing 787-9.

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If Your Flight is Cancelled

At the point of writing, American Airlines or your travel agency should have already reached out to you to provide alternative arrangements.

If you think that the new arrangement is not suitable for you, first go online to search for some flight alternatives. Then you may contact the airline company or travel agency to let them make the new arrangements for you.

If you do not want to travel anymore, American Airlines will allow you to get a full refund for the affected tickets.

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