Update: An American Airlines spokesperson shares,
The communication was shared before it was reviewed and approved. It was recalled and correct information is being shared with team members today.
We now know the dates in July and August where customer flights will be converted to cargo-only flights:
- July 12, 16, 17, 19, 22, 26, 28 and 31
- August 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 27
These dates will be loaded in this weekend’s schedule update. Just like any schedule change, we’ll reach out to customers scheduled to travel on the affected flights to offer alternate arrangements.
Australia has cut in half the number of passengers who are allowed to enter the country each day. As it stands Australia is open almost exclusively to its own residents, and they have to go into state quarantine on arrival. It’s these quarantine slots that have become even more scarce.
- July 14 – August 31, caps are cut in half
- Only 456 people are allowed into the country per day
- Of those, 215 are permitted to arrive in Sydney
Past outbreaks in the country have been linked to passengers arriving and going into quarantine. And to sex.
American Airlines will no longer be operating a passenger flight Los Angeles to Sydney starting July 12th (arriving the morning of July 14). They will, however, continue flying Sydney – Los Angeles, as noted by aviation watchdog JonNYC.
The airline will fly crew to Sydney so they have people there to operate flights back to the states. It is cargo-only down, passengers and cargo coming back.
— ˜”*° JonNYC °*”˜ (@xJonNYC) July 8, 2021
It’s difficult to get a flight to Australia because of the limited number of slots. Airlines continue operating, mostly with cargo. 35,000 Australians have registered with the government, wanting to return home.
While Sydney flights are expensive because there’s more demand than supply, once on board it’s the easiest upgrade ever. There are often more premium seats than passengers, or spread out and have a whole section of economy to yourself.