American Airlines announced that it would discontinue 75% of its international long-haul flights from the US as of March 16 to respond to lower demand and government travel restrictions that were introduced to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
American Airlines had already reduced its capacity. This latest move, announced on Saturday evening, will cut international capacity by 75% year over year. The suspended service will last until May 6, the airline said, adding that flights will be progressively restricted over the next seven days to resume passengers and crew.
American Airlines said it would continue to offer a daily flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to London and a daily flight from Miami to London. It will continue to fly from Dallas to Tokyo three times a week . American Airlines will also continue the international short-haul flight, which includes flights to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and certain markets in northern South America. American Airlines expects domestic capacity to decrease 20% yoy in April and domestic capacity 30% yoy in May.
Other airlines have reduced their capacity, including Delta, Lufthansa and United. However, American Airlines' measures outperform other service losses.
The cuts follow an order from President Donald Trump last week to allow non-US citizens who are from China, Iran or 26 European countries or who have recently been to China, Iran to enter the United States for the next 30 days to forbid. The ban was extended to Ireland and the UK on Friday.
The Department of Homeland Security has also issued a notice on arrival restrictions that requests U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and their immediate family members returning home to the U.S. to travel through one of the 13 airports upon arrival in the U.S. and then contact an Improved Entry Screening. They then have to quarantine for 14 days once they reach their final destination, the homeland security agency said.
The 30-day travel ban does not apply to U.S. citizens or freight.