With Australia reducing the number of international passengers allowed to enter the country each day in half, American is running many of its Los Angeles – Sydney flights as cargo-only until August 31, while the return Sydney – Los Angeles flight carriers both cargo and passengers. On days where American has an allocation of allowed passenger arrivals, they’re carrying passengers to Australia.
For July 14 – August 31, the Australian arrivals cap has been cut in half with only 456 people allowed into the country each day (215 of those are permitted to arrive in Sydney). That’s for all airlines.
After this period American Airlines will exit the Australian passenger market for two months, although of course this suspension of service could be extended based on facts on the ground in Australia.
The return flight, AA72 SYD-LAX is being suspended from 03SEP21 till 31OCT21.
— James (1/2 💉 ) (@Jwarne) July 19, 2021
Australia largely managed to contain the virus during the pandemic but has flubbed its vaccination efforts, and as a result the population of the country remains mostly vulnerable to infection – as the infectiousness of the virus has grown. It’s hoped that vaccinations will speed in earnest come the end of 2021, although this too could wind up delayed. The number of reported Covid-19 infections in Australia has been growing for the past several weeks off of a very low base, and the Sydney area especially has been under a lock down.
American’s decision to pull of Australia is not due to crew revolting over tipping being forbidden while they’re in the country.