American Airlines Parking Jets, Down To 3 Long Haul Routes, Cuts Domestic By 30%

American Airlines, slow off the dime in its moves to protect its business compared to United and Delta, already began major capacity cuts in response to the administration’s ban on non-U.S. residents entering the country if they’ve been to Schengen Area countries of Europe within the past 14 days.

With the government extending that restriction to the U.K. and Ireland, and with demanding drying up more and more each day, they’ve now taken things a step further. They are reduce international capacity by 75% year-over-year. Ostensibly this will apply March 16 to May 6, but many of these cuts will almost certainly last longer.

The airline had already announced plans to accelerate retirements of its Boeing 767 and 757 fleets. There won’t be a reason now to extend the life of Embraer E-190s that had been planned for retirement. And in the past few days they had been sending other planes – such as Airbus A330s – out to storage.

Now they’ll be parking a majority of their widebody jets and they’ve announced there will be only three long haul international routes left in their system.

  • One daily Dallas Fort Worth – London Heathrow flight
  • Three weekly Dallas Fort Worth – Tokyo flights
  • One daily Miami – London Heathrow flight

American’s short haul international routes, to “Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America and certain markets in the northern part of South America” will continue (for now).

Domestic service will reduce 20% in April and 30% in May, though here too I wouldn’t be surprised to see additional cuts.

Internationally these changes mean American is suspending Sydney and Auckland (just 12 days before it was scheduled to end seasonal service anyway) on Monday.

It means suspending London flying from New York JFK, Boston, Chicago O’Hare and LAX over the course of the next week (they had already eliminated other London flights). Europe flights to Charlotte, Philadelphia and Phoenix are all gone because these airports aren’t approved to receive flights – the U.S. government was supposed to be checking passengers on arrival although instead they’ve been pursuing an unintentional herd immunity strategy. Final Eastbound flights are Sunday, and final Westbound flights Monday.

Other Europe routes are gone, and seasonal routes are delayed “”through early May, or later.”

Also on Monday American is suspending:

  • New York and Miami – Rio and Georgetown, Guyana
  • Dallas, New York and Miami – São Paulo
  • Dallas and Miami – Santiago, Bogota, Guayaquil, Quito, Lima
  • Miami – Brasilia, Manaus, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Cali, Medellin, Pereira

And if slot waivers relaxing rules that require an airline to operate their routes or give up the right to do so later are granted then we will see even more cuts.

Here’s the detail American is providing on their international schedule changes. You can see the full changes filed so far by American, including its domestic network, and by other airlines here.

Updated Asia schedules:

DFW Tokyo-Haneda (HND) Delayed inaugural flight; moved to May
DFW Hong Kong (HKG) Suspended March 16 through July 1
LAX Tokyo-Haneda (HND) Suspended March 16 through May 6
LAX Tokyo-Narita (NRT) Suspended March 16 through May 6

Updated Australia schedules:

LAX Auckland (AKL) Final westbound flight will return to LAX on March 18; seasonal service is slated to begin again in October
LAX Sydney (SYD) Final westbound flight will return to LAX on March 18; service suspended through May 6

Updated Europe schedules:

BOS London (LHR) Delayed inaugural flight; moved to May
CLT London (LHR) Final eastbound flight on March 15; final westbound flight on March 16
JFK London (LHR) Phased suspension gradually implemented between March 16 and March 23; suspended through May 6
LAX London (LHR) Phased suspension gradually implemented between March 16 and March 23; suspended through May 6
PHL London (LHR) Final eastbound flight on March 15; final westbound flight on March 16
PHX London (LHR) Final eastbound flight on March 15; final westbound flight on March 16
ORD London (LHR) Phased suspension gradually implemented between March 16 and March 23; suspended through May 6

Updated South America schedules:

DFW Bogota (BOG) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
DFW São Paulo (GRU) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through June 3
DFW Guayaquil (GYE) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
DFW Santiago (SCL) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through June 3
DFW Quito (UIO) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
DFW Lima (LIM) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
JFK Georgetown (GEO) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
JFK Rio de Janeiro (GIG) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
JFK São Paulo (GRU) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
MIA Barranquilla (BAQ) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
MIA Bogota (BOG) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
MIA Brasilia (BSB) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
MIA Cali (CLO) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
MIA Cartagena (CTG) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
MIA Georgetown (GEO) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
MIA Guayaquil (GYE) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
MIA Rio de Janeiro (GIG) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
MIA Lima (LIM) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
MIA Manaus (MAO) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
MIA Medellin (MDE) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
MIA Pereira (PEI) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
MIA Quito (UIO) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
MIA Rio de Janeiro (GIG) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6
MIA Santiago (SCL) Will fly all legs as scheduled through end of day on March 16; suspended through May 6

This will not be the end of the route cutbacks. There almost certainly will be employee furloughs unless circumstances change. My sympathy goes out to everyone that’s affected.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

More articles by Gary Leff »

Comments

  1. This sounds like what happened to Braniff when they shutdown for good in May 1982 – all their international flying stopped first – especially to Central and South America, then the next day – the plug was pulled for all domestic service.

    There will some movies and books coming in the future about this and all the inside details
    how the carriers have been scrambling to basically shut down their long haul services .

    Nest shoe to drop – how much/when of domestic capacity will be cut/shrunk in the coming days.

  2. I flew the LHR-ORD flight today. There were only 3 empty seats. Otherwise packed. There will still have to be some flights for people to fly. Many types of business can only be done in person.

  3. John that flight was full because everyone is trying to get home before the lock. Take a look at a ORD-lHR flight and you might find 50 people. I would be surprised if each European flight had more then 5% business travelers on it,

  4. Gary, I live close to DFW, I just double checked on flightradar, I am still seeing the DFW – FRA flight (now 787 instead of usual 777), as well as the DFW-MAD (also 787)

  5. Though close, Auckland isn’t in Australia. Need to change the header to Australia / NZ

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *